LGBTQ Wellness Program
LGBTQ Wellness was created in 2015 as a community outreach and support program intended to uplift the mental health of LGBTQ community members, and their allies. The program provides community outreach, mental health education and training, and engages in mental health advocacy and policy work to encourage the support and holistic wellness of the LGBTQ community.
LGBTQ Wellness envisions a diverse, multigenerational LGBTQ community in Santa Clara County that is strengthened by an affirmative culture of wellness.
Our mission is to support the mental health of LGBTQ community members and allies through programs that encourage social support, holistic wellness, outreach, and education.
The most updated listing of our trainings, events, and other service offerings is available at our website at www.lgbtqwell.org.
Mental Health Trainings & Education
- Mental Health First Aid: Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to identify, understand, and respond to signs and symptoms of mental illness and substance use disorders. This training provides you with the skills you need to become more comfortable reaching out and providing initial help to someone who may be struggling or in crisis. This training is available as a one-day course (8 hours of curriculum per day) and a 2-day course (4 hours of curriculum per day).
- Youth Mental Health First Aid: Youth Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches adults how to support young people who may be experiencing mental illness or substance use disorders. This training is similar to Mental Health First Aid but contains an added focus on normal adolescent development and provides more hands-on experience using the Youth Mental Health First Aid action plan. This training is available as a one-day course (8 hours of curriculum per day) and a 2-day course (4 hours of curriculum per day).
- Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR): QPR is a 2-hour gatekeeper training for suicide prevention. QPR will help you to recognize the warning signs of suicide, get help for someone in crisis, and offer hope.
Peer Support & Education
All Identities | All Bodies:
- LGBTQIA+ and questioning adults
- 3rd Wednesdays of the month from 6-7pm
Trans Support Group:
- Transgender/non-binary/gender expansive/questioning adults
- 1st and 3rd Mondays from 6-7:15p
Queer Book Club:
- LGBTQIA+ and questioning adults
- Last Wednesdays of the month, 6:30-7:30pm
Proud Parents / Padres Orgullosos:
- Parents/guardians/caretakers of LGBTQIA+ youth
- Last Tuesdays/Ultimo martes, 6pm
Grupo de Apoyo Para la Comunidad Transgénero:
- La comunidad transgénero
- Primer lunes, 6-7:15pm
- La comunidad LGBTQIA+
- 1ER SÁBADO (10am-12pm) y 4TO MIÉRCOLES (6-8pm)
For more information and to register, visit our Linktr.ee: https://linktr.ee/LGBTQWellness
o Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, & Expression (SOGIE) 101
o Workplace Best Practices: Supporting LGBTQIA+ Employees/Colleagues
o LGBTQIA+ Community & Mental Health
o Taste of Mental Health First Aid
o Understanding Gender, Attraction, and Expression (GAE) Beyond the Binary
LGBTQ Community Events
- “OUT TO” Series currently in Morgan Hill and San Jose.
- TransFamily Community Hang Outs visit www.lgbtqwell.org for information on the next scheduled hang out.
Community Needs Identification
- Read the findings of our 2015 community needs assessment: Perspectives on the Mental Health of LGBTQ Communities in Santa Clara County
- LGBTQ Wellness regularly attend meetings by the Behavioral Health Board and its various committees, as well as: the Suicide Prevention Oversight Committee, the Mental Health Services Act Stakeholder Leadership Committee, Tobacco-Free Coalition, Healthcare Reform Stakeholder’s Group, and more.
- LGBTQ Wellness supports a grant-funded LGBTQ Speaker’s Bureau that engages LGBTQ community members to share stories of their life experiences to spark compassion and understanding in the community at-large. The LGBTQ Speaker’s Bureau also engages in Mental Health Anti-Stigma conversations. For more information, contact [email protected].
- One-on-one Individual Support (by phone and in-person).
- Agency referral and support.
If you wish to get in touch, ask for assistance, you may visit or call:
Jack Roach, Program Coordinator (he/him)
Email: [email protected]
A Program of Family & Children Services, a Division of Caminar
LGBTQ Team for the CCWP, Family Outreach and Engagement Program
950 West Julian St. San Jose, CA 95126
LGBTQ Wellness Publications
LGBTQ Wellness Program Flyer
LGBTQ Wellness Group Flyer