According to the 2010 U.S. Census, more than one million Californians identify as LGBTQ, making up more than 4 percent of California’s population. Due to factors such as lack of access to treatment, culturally unresponsive service provision, and higher levels of stigma and discrimination, LGBTQ people are almost three times more likely than non-LGBTQ peers to experience a mental health challenge.
Being a member of the LGBTQ community doesn’t necessarily increase the risk for mental health issues; but the stigma and discrimination LGBTQ individuals may face from family, friends and society can increase risk for mental health challenges. Check out the resources below to help start important conversations and find safe places for support.
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National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health 2021 - Trevor Project
The past year has been incredibly difficult for so many, but we also know that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) youth have faced unique challenges. The Trevor Project’s 2021 National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health sheds light on many of these challenges by capturing the experiences of nearly 35,000 LGBTQ youth ages 13–24 across the United States.
Our third annual survey provides brand new data on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, mental health care disparities, discrimination, food insecurity, conversion therapy, and suicide — in addition to the benefits of LGBTQ-affirming spaces and respecting the pronouns of transgender and nonbinary youth.
We are also proud that this sample is our most diverse yet, with 45% being LGBTQ youth of color and 38% being transgender or nonbinary.
Among some of the key findings of the survey:
May is Mental Health Matters Month
Event | Resources | Call to Action
This FREE online community conversation is intended for parents or caregivers of teens who want to know more about substance use.
We will hear from:
Esta conversación comunitaria en línea es GRATUITA y es dirigida a padres o cuidadores de adolescentes que quieran saber más sobre el uso de sustancias .
Los presentadores son:
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This year’s World Mental Health Day, on October 10th, comes at a time when our daily lives have changed considerably as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The past months have brought many challenges: for health-care workers, providing care in difficult circumstances, going to work fearful of bringing COVID-19 home with them; for students, adapting to taking classes from home, with little contact with teachers and friends, and anxious about their futures; for workers whose livelihoods are threatened; for the vast number of people caught in poverty or in fragile humanitarian settings with extremely limited protection from COVID-19; and for people with mental health conditions, many experiencing even greater social isolation than before. And this is to say nothing of managing the grief of losing a loved one, sometimes without being able to say goodbye.
The economic consequences of the pandemic are already being felt, as companies let staff go in an effort to save their businesses, or indeed shut down completely.
Given past experience of emergencies, it is expected that the need for mental health and psychosocial support will substantially increase in the coming months and years. Investment in mental health programs at the national and international levels, which have already suffered from years of chronic underfunding, is now more important than it has ever been.
This is why the goal of this year’s World Mental Health Day campaign is increased investment in mental health.
Online screening is one of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition. Mental health conditions, such as depression or anxiety, are real, common and treatable. And recovery is possible.
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders.
If we want transformational change that improves our mental health and addiction care systems, we need to stand united and take action!
NAMI is an association of more than 500 local affiliates who work in your community to raise awareness and provide support and education that was not previously available to those in need.
Let's work together to destigmatize all mental health conditions by changing the way people talk about, and care for, their mental health.
Great news! My #NationalSuicideHotlineDesignationAct has passed the House & is on its way to @POTUS desk. Those in a mental health crisis will now have the extra support that they need. 9-8-8 will save lives & give us additional tools to help reverse the tragic trend of suicide. pic.twitter.com/5ExUQDWJ2p— Rep. Chris Stewart (@RepChrisStewart) September 21, 2020
During the month of September, Suicide Prevention Month, we are asking North Lake Tahoe and Truckee residents to share with us the things/people/places/ideas that bring you hope. What anchors you to life? What are your reasons for living?
We plan to share the hope you provide here across our social media platforms and newsletter as a way to help pass your hope on to others. We will not identify you, but will note you as a resident from the community in which you call home. We will only collect an email address to reach out to if you are selected as a raffle winner and will then ask for you address to mail you the gift certificate. Feel free to share multiple examples of hope, but we will only allow one entry per email address. The raffle will take place at the end of the month for those who have submitted their examples of hope with us.
Thank you to Rich Votaw, of Farmer’s Insurance in Tahoe City, who has graciously donated 3 gift certificates to Sierra Community House for this raffle: $150 at River Grill, $125 at Soule Domain, & $100 at Lanza’s.
Thank you for being you and for being here. Let's spread HOPE!
Opioid Response Training Recording - 6.30.20
How to Use Narcan Nasal Spray
Information for Week 1 of Mental Health Month