Q is for Questioning
LGBTQ+ youth are at a higher risk for mental health disparities than that of their non-LGBTQ+ peers. This is in large part due to the stigma and discrimination surrounding the LGBTQ+ community. Young people who experience uncertainty surrounding their gender identity, gender presentation, and/or sexual orientation often experience stigma, bullying, isolation, and even violence. They might struggle with internalized fear and unhappiness and can resort to maladaptive coping mechanisms like self-harm, as well as an increased risk of suicide. Acceptance and support from family is the first step in helping queer youth contemplate who they are as they work to discover their authentic self and express their identity.
Q is for Questioning is a series of interactive workshops to be produced in communities across Colorado. A panel discussion will be facilitated by a licensed marriage and family counselor (LMFT), a person from the community with lived experience, and an Envision:You team member. We also hope to include someone from one of the regional community behavioral health centers or local department of health as part of the conversation.