Mental health resources for the LGBTQ+ community
Growing up LGBTQ+ in a heteronormative world can be a confusing and lonely experience, which is why social support is crucial, and at times lifesaving. In honor of Pride Month, listed below are ways to engage with someone who has come out as a part of the LGBTQ+ community, to provide that space for loving support.
If you have a friend, family member, child, or student, who has opened up to you about identifying as LGBTQ+, please try to engage with them in the following ways:
Thank them for trusting you, and sharing with you.
Reaffirm your love and support.
Ask how you can best support them.
Ask if they have a preferred name and/or pronouns.
Allow them to share their story, if they would like.
Avoid minimizing, invalidating, and shaming language.
If you identify as a part of the LGBTQ+ community, and are lacking social support, support can be found within the community online. Below are sites that can connect you to resources, support groups, and crisis lines.
Alice Kuhns Associate Marriage & Family Therapist #127053 Under the Supervision of Amber Keating LCSW #22838