LGBTQ

LGBTQ

“No matter gay, straight, or bi, Lesbian, transgender life,
I'm on the right track baby, I was born to survive."
From Born This Way by Lady Gaga

Sexuality and gender identity do not cause mental health issues. Sometimes, social pressures associated with being LGBTQ can interfere with good mental health and increase the chance of developing mental health challenges.

Experiencing bullying or discrimination because of your sexuality can make life difficult and unhappy. Not all LGBTQ people face the same issues, but there are some common experiences that can negatively affect your well being. These pressures can be very stressful and make it hard to find your true identity and place in the world.

"I don't like sports and don't have a girlfriend. Am I gay?"

As we become more aware of our sexuality there may be a sense of confusion.

"I don't like sports and don't have a girlfriend. Am I gay?" Details

Most of us are brought up to think that everyone is attracted to the opposite sex and that our gender identity will match our physical body (or the gender we were assigned at birth), but this is not the case for many people. Adolescence is filled with many changes and some can lead to confusion as to who we are and what we are all about. This includes questions about our attractiveness and our sexuality. If you are struggling, questioning yourself, or anxious or worried we can help.

CG&FS individual and group counseling services allow you to openly express yourself and share your experiences in a safe, non-judgemental environment.

"My relationship with family is intense."

33% of lLGBTQ youth feel their families are not accepting.

"My relationship with family is intense." Details

A family provides the primary support system for children and youth, and how a family responds to an adolescent's coming out can have a positive or negative impact on the health, mental health and development of LGBTQ youths.

CG&FS provides both individual and group counseling services to help LGBTQ youths and their families navigate issues associated with sexual orientation and acceptance.

"I drink and use drugs to get through my day."

LGBTQ youth are twice more likely to experiment with alcohol and drugs.

"I drink and use drugs to get through my day." Details

LGBTQ youth who don’t receive support, love and acceptance sometimes go to great lengths to cope with their pain. LGBTQ youth experience higher rates of cigarette, alcohol and marijuana use, as well as other illicit drugs including cocaine, methamphetamines and injection drugs.

If you are struggling with substance abuse as a result of the emotional strain of dealing with your sexual identity, CG&FS can provide treatment through our Integrated Co-Occurring Disorder program. 

Being gay is not a mental illness.

But anxiety, stress, fear, bullying, and rejection can lead to depression and self-harm.

Being gay is not a mental illness. Details

For people who are not familiar with the biological and neurological elements of sexual identity, they may dismiss people who are not heterosexual as being mentally ill. This is not the case as research continues to show.

However, the fear of coming out and being discriminated against for sexual orientation and gender identities, can lead to depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, thoughts of suicide and substance abuse. LGBTQ individuals do not often talk about mental health and may lack awareness about mental health conditions. This sometimes prevents people from seeking the treatment and support that they need to feel better. We can help.

At CG&FS we take into account your personal experiences and how they impact your success in school, and in relationships with your friends and your family. We will help you find a path to overcome whatever is causing you difficulty, whether it is difficulties in school, with friends or with your family. We will help you find help you build a healthier life.

"I don't want my kid to be 'different' but I don't know what to do or even say to her anymore."

Being a parent to a LGBTQ youth presents its own challenges.

"I don't want my kid to be 'different' but I don't know what to do or even say to her anymore." Details

Just as youth who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning may struggle with their sexual orientation or gender identification, parents of LGBTQ children are faced with their own emotional challenges. First, your child requires and deserves the same level of care, respect, information, and support as non-LGBTQ children. Ask questions, listen, empathize, share and just be there for your child.

When additional support and guidance is needed, CG&FS provides adult and family counseling to help you and your child understand one another.

"I am called names and harassed at school."

LGBTQ youth are more than 2x likely to be bullied and called names at school.

"I am called names and harassed at school." Details

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth, or those perceived as LGBTQ, may be teased and bullied by their peers. Child Guidance & Family Solutions (CG&FS) works with youths, parents, and schools to provide a safe environment for all youth, whether they are straight or LGBTQ.

CG&FS is here to help with...

  • Training for schools and other youth organizations on bullying prevention and intervention.
  • Counseling to youths who are experiencing same-sex attractions and relationships and helping them to deal with their relationships with parents, families, and peers
  • Linking LGBTQ youth with community resources

What You Need To Know

To learn more about our LGBTQ program, download the following resources.

Contact Us

LGBTQ Coordinator
330-762-0591
lgbtq@cgfs.org
Crisis Text Line: Text 4HOPE to 741741

Having A Bad Day?

We all experience emotional ups and downs but sometimes it is more serious than just having a bad day.

Having A Bad Day? Details

If you or someone you know is experiencing the following emotions, it is important to talk with someone who can help to understand what these feelings mean and how to deal with them.

• Feeling different from other people
• Feeling pressure to deny or change your sexuality
• Worrying about coming out to friends and family members
• Worrying about being rejected or ridiculed
• Difficulty fitting in and coping
• Bullying, whether verbal or physical
• Feeling unsupported or misunderstood

Do you or someone you know need HELP!

Help is here where and when you need it.

Do you or someone you know need HELP! Details

Some LGBTQ young people find it especially hard to ask for help. You need to know that health professionals will respect your privacy and are knowledgeable and experienced in this area. Getting help early can reduce the effect of mental health issues in your life now and the chance of having more serious challenges in the future.