What is Safe Out?
Safe Out is a program funded by Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care and administered by Terros in collaboration with the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer (LGBTQ) Consortium. Safe Out aims to prevent and reduce excessive alcohol use, youth and young adult drug use, prescription misuse, and suicide within the LGBTQ communities of Maricopa County.
Do you want to help create a healthier and safer LGBTQ community? Here is how you can help:
- Join us as a community facilitator: You can be trained to help prevent harmful alcohol and other drug use with youth, prescription misuse and suicide in the LGBTQ community
- Attend Safe Out events: Safe Out has lots of events where we share education, snacks, and fun interactive activities
- Like us on social media and share our content: The Consortium and Safe Out wants to reach all aspects of the LGBTQ community. To do so we have everything from Tumblr to Twitter with 2 Facebook pages in between so see below on how to follow our content.
- Attend our monthly Safe Out hang out, it’s usually at Urban beans on 7th street on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 6pm—check our Facebook page for the event to RSVP.
Safe Out FAQ’s
Is Safe Out trying to stop people from having fun?
Safe Out does not wish to put a stop to your fun or the social aspect of LGBTQ bars, clubs, and restaurants. Instead, Safe Out is aimed at increasing the positive impact of education, awareness, and pride which, as a natural consequence, will lower the incidence of excessive drinking and cannabis use and the harms the LGBTQ community suffers as a result of it.
Most people do not recognize how powerful even just a few drinks can be.
I’ve heard that Safe Out is anti-marijuana, isn’t that medicine?
Safe Out does not want to stop informed and educated adults from making choices when it comes to accessing alcohol or medical marijuana in a legal way. We do, however, recognize the harms of both on youth and young adults, particularly when it comes to brain development. As a result we want to educate youth about risks for using alcohol and marijuana not stop those accessing it legally through the state medical program. This is not a different view than those who administer the medical marijuana program nor from those who want to make marijuana legal, we all agree that it is not for youth.
Why is use of these substances within the LGBTQ community something that needs attention?
Binge drinking and substance use does not come without consequences. Some of the consequences can include physical illness, DUIs, legal trouble, and loss of friendships and supports. Within the local LGBTQ community of Maricopa County, individuals reported additional consequences such as engaging in unprotected sex, injuring themselves or another person, forgetting where they were or what they did, or doing something they later regretted. Safe Out wants to provide the community with the information and knowledge they need to feel empowered to make healthy, informed decisions to avoid these and other consequences.
What can I do to help my community?
Safe Out wants the community to be safe, and encourages the safety of you, your friends, and our local businesses. To help your community be proud, healthy, happy, prosperous, comfortable, fun, safe, and out, be a positive example and please consider getting involved with the Safe Out Program. See above the different ways you can be involved.
Not sure if you or someone you know has an issue with alcohol?
If you or someone you know needs help, Safe Out can refer you to a safe treatment facility or program! There are many short and long term consequences to drinking excessively, so it is important to drink responsibly and get help if you need it!
Why is Safe Out also seeking to address suicide?
Safe Out recognizes that substances are often present when someone completes suicide. We also know that some of the reasons why people use substances in harmful ways can lead to suicidal ideation. Everyone in the LGBTQ community is precious to us at the Consortium and so Safe Out wants to help them be safe and cared for when they are experiencing stress, stigma, and other challenges related to suicide.
If you are experiencing a crisis or are in need of support, please know that help is available to you.
Maricopa County Crisis Line: (602) 222-9444
Central Arizona Warm Line: (602) 347-1100
Trans Lifeline: (800) 565-8860
Teen Lifeline: (602) 248-8336
You can be a leader by…
- being the designated driver once a month.
- knowing when to say “when.”
- calling a taxi if you’re not okay to drive.
- learning how to help your friend or yourself if suicide is a risk
- learning the harms of youth substance use
- learning the dangers of prescription drug use.
- hosting an alcohol free/drug free party or attending one of these alcohol free events and inviting your friends along!