ST. LOUIS, Mo. -The St. Louis Queer+ Support Helpline (SQSH), St. Louis’s only local, peer run support helpline by and for members of the LGBTQIA+ community, has announced its expanded hours. New hours will be Friday-Monday, 1-7 p.m.


“Our goal is to be more accessible to our community,” said Luka Cai (they/them), co-founder of SQSH. “With more volunteers, we have the opportunity to increase our capacity and support more individuals across the region.” 


SQSH (pronounced “squish”) has been operational for 4 months with limited hours, but provided help to over a dozen people in that time. With more expansive hours, SQSH hopes to serve more people, whose need for support doesn’t run on a tight schedule.


“We are excited to serve more callers outside of traditional work hours,” added Riott (they/them), co-founder of SQSH.


“This really wouldn’t be possible without the support of our community. People have been generous enough to donate their time and resources towards SQSH’s growth,” Cai elaborated.


SQSH’s new hours will begin Friday, February 14. LGBTQIA+ community members, friends, family, and service providers are welcome to call for support, from accessing healthcare and housing resources, to talking through past distressing experiences, to brainstorming ways to navigate unsupportive spaces. 


The St. Louis Queer+ Support Helpline is a free, confidential, identity-affirming, and volunteer-run peer support helpline service in the St. Louis region with a mission to serve and strengthen the St. Louis LGBTQIA+ community. Call SQSH at 314-380-7774 (toll-free: 844-785-7774) anytime between Fridays-Mondays 1-7PM to chat with a LGBTQIA-affirming peer. SQSH provides an empathetic listening ear, connects callers safely and reliably to LGBTQIA-affirming resources, and increases the visibility of LGBTQIA+ concerns, needs, and resources in the St. Louis region. For more information, visit



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