Did you know? 45% of high school students 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.
BUILDING A NETWORK OF SUPPORT IN OUR COMMUNITY
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!
State & National Resources
The Trevor Project provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQ+ youth.
- The Trevor Project Lifeline: 1-866-488-7386 - free and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- TrevorText: Available on Thursdays and Fridays, 1 pm - 5 pm PT. Text the word “Trevor” to 1-202-304-1200. Standard text messaging rates apply.
Transgender suicide prevention and crisis support
California Youth Crisis Line
Help with issues including medical care, dating violence, sexual assault, runaway resources and homelessness
1-800-843-5200 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
National Resource Center on LGBT Aging:
SAGE (Services & Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Elders)
Transgender Aging Network
Community resource center, programs, and events
Free rapid confidential HIV testing
(805) 619-LGBT (5428)
One Step a la Vez
Teen support in the Santa Clara Valley, Fillmore & Piru, including drop-in center
421 Sespe Ave., Fillmore, CA 93015