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North of Oblivion

By : May 18, 2020 Comments Off
How my depression led me to want to die and why it didn’t happen. Trigger warning: this article discusses depression, mental health and suicidal ideation. “I’m sorry, but I can’t do this anymore.” That was it.  That was the note.  It was 2005 and I’d decided my life wasn’t worth living. I was tired of being depressed, afraid to live in my truth and most of all feeling that no one would ever accept me or love me.  I was alone in the bathroom with a bottle of sleeping pills and cried.  To understand how I got here, we have to back up a bit. I’ve always been different. My family is full of big personalities but I was more reserved in comparison. They preferred attention grabbing activities and careers.
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Are LGBTQ Students Safe?

By : February 2, 2018 Comments Off
*Note: This article was originally published on Pride Pocket prior to merging with MyUmbrella* The fight for equality has advanced remarkably in the past decade, however, there’s still a lot of work to do. In a survey taken by The Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education, which reports what the school climate was like for teens in 2015, horrifying facts about being LGBTQ in school were revealed. Every child should have the right to equal and fair education; they should also be able to feel safe while getting this education, but unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. The GLSEN study found that “57.6% of LGBTQ students felt unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation, and 43.3% because of their gender expression”[1]. School should be a place of education, not the
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Suicide Rates for LGBTQ+ Youth

By : October 19, 2017 Comments Off
*Note: This article was originally published on Pride Pocket prior to merging with MyUmbrella* America is what a lot of people would consider a progressive country, but does it really have the best interests for LGBTQ+ youth? A good portion of LGBTQ+ youth will face some kind of mental disorder: most commonly depression, which can lead to self-harming and even suicide. Is there a reason why LGBTQ+ youth are so depressed and is there anything parents and schools can do to help them? According to the Trevor Project1, suicide for youth is, “the 2nd leading cause of death,” and “1 out of 6  students nationwide (grades 9-12) seriously considered suicide in the past year.” These statistics alone are a problem that schools and society need to start taking more seriously.
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A Nation’s Shame: The Epidemic of Homeless LGBTQ Youth 

By : October 19, 2017 Comments Off
*Note: This article was originally published on Pride Pocket prior to merging with MyUmbrella* The facts of the matter, laid bare by an educational document produced by The National Alliance to End Homelessness, are grim:  Homeless youth are typically defined as unaccompanied youth aged 12 to 24 years. The National Alliance to End Homelessness’ typology of homeless youth includes four major categories: runaway (fleeing youth), transitory or episodic (couch surfing youth), unaccompanied homeless youth (shelter hoppers), and street dependent youth (squatters and travelers).In 1999, the Second National Incidence Study of Missing, Abducted, Runaway and Thrownaway Children (NISMART II) was published. The study determined that 1.7 million adolescents experienced at least one episode of homelessness each year.Seven different studies of homeless youth in the U.S. have concluded that approximately 20 percent
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Do you need help right now?  Resources for LGBTQ+ Individuals

By : October 17, 2017 Comments Off
*Note: This article was originally published on Pride Pocket prior to merging with MyUmbrella* You are not alone. Nation-Wide Resources are Available Now: LGBTQ + focused Housing & Medical + Support Services https://truecolorsfund.org/location/ LGBTQ+ Safe Housing  https://www.covenanthouse.org/homeless-shelters/ Youth Housing  https://www.acf.hhs.gov/fysb/grants/fysb-grantees Housing  https://www.homelessshelterdirectory.org/ Medical Services  https://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-center http://www.needymeds.org/medical-clinics https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/ http://www.nafcclinics.org/find-clinic Thinking of Running Away + Trying to get Home https://wwwrunaway.org Know Your Rights: Foster Care + Juvenile Justice System https://www.lambdalegal.org/know-your-rights/article/youth-info-for-lgbtq-in-out-of-home-care Food https://www.homelessshelterdirectory.org/foodbanks/ https://www.foodpantries.org/ Online Emotional Support https://www.talkspace.com/online-therapy/lgbt/ https://www.7cups.com/lgbtq-chat-room/ http://www.e-therapycafe.com/online-counseling-services-lgbt https://support.therapytribe.com/lgbt-support-group/ Did you enjoy this story? Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to find out when new stories are published. [hubspot portal="4679048" id="962ea2a6-7b06-442a-90fd-58a7c8a4ecc9" type="form"] Learn how to join our Writers Cohort here. Want to continue building community? Download our iOS app.
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Abusive Relationships & LGBTQ+ Youth: Resources and Information

By : October 17, 2017 Comments Off
*Note: This article was originally published on Pride Pocket prior to merging with MyUmbrella* One in three young people -- straight, LGBTQ+, and otherwise-- experience some form of dating abuse, with LGBTQ teens experiencing a greater risk of partner violence than their heterosexual counterparts. A 2013 report surveyed 3,745 grade-school students who reported being in a relationship or having been in one during the previous year. Researchers found that 43% of LGBT youth reported being victims of physical dating violence, compared to just 29% of heterosexual youth. Numbers were even higher for victims of emotional abuse (59% of LGBT youth versus 46% of heterosexual youth). Transgender youth had some of the highest rates of victimization, despite making up a tiny percentage of the total respondents. Interestingly, LGB victims of teen
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