Building a Network of Support in our Community
Did you know? 50% of 11th graders in Ventura County who identified as LGBTQ+ said that they have considered suicide.
LGBTQ+ refers to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and other sexual and gender identities. LGBTQ+ teens and adults can feel isolated and misunderstood, and are at a higher risk for bullying and suicide. Support for teens is available through GSA, anti-bullying and related school clubs as well as the resources listed below.
In November 2015, Ventura County Behavioral Health's Pride Project hosted a community planning forum to address the needs of LGBTQ+ teens in our community. The overwhelming consensus from both teens and adults was that although there are more local resources than most people realize, more are needed, and that sharing information about them is key.
Let's all commit to working together to share information, increase support and make a difference in our community!