Coping While Queer

I'm Feeling Queer Today!

Mar 14 2024 • 32 mins

How do queer youth deal with mental health struggles and how do they practice self-care? This episode explores the tools of therapy, finding at least one supportive adult to advocate for you and how, despite the current attacks on their community, LGBTQ+ remain hopeful and resilient.


Contents & Content Warnings…

Please expect to hear “queer” used as an identity term throughout this episode & series.

Please expect to hear mental health discussed throughout this episode.

00:00 - Sonyamia: What would you say to your younger self?

1:30 - Introduction with Eric & Sonyamia

  • 2:11-2:49 - Statistics on suicide & mental health

4:17 - Queer Youth Animated: Will

  • 4:57-5:26 - Mentions of slurs & bullying

7:15 - Sonyamia & Cindy

14:48 - Two with Trudy Poux: Zorian & Jax

  • 17:32-18:03 - Instance of homophobia (hate speech)

26:26 - Queer Crushes: Sonyamia

30:31 - Outro

30:59 - Coming up next

31:25 - Show notes & resources

31:58 - Credits


References

thetrevorproject.org/survey-2023/


Crisis Resources

Please be aware that the following resources are accessible only within the U.S. & are catered to English speakers UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED. A star (*) indicates a resource that is not LGBTQ+ specific. These resources are not affiliated with The Future Perfect Project.

  • *The suicide and crisis lifeline 24/7 at 988. Counseling available in English & Spanish. Text HOME to 741741, or head to crisistextline.org. If you are a young person of color in crisis, text STEVE to 741741.
  • *For international suicide hotlines, head to suicide.org
  • Reach the Trevor Project in the U.S. and Mexico 24/7 via chat, call, or text. Call (866)488-7386, text START to 678-678, or head to thetrevorproject.org for more info. TrevorSpace, a community for LGBTQ people aged 13-24 worldwide: trevorspace.org
  • The LGBT National Center hotlines serving the U.S. and Canada. (888)843-4564.
  • Trans Lifeline: In the US, dial (877)565-8860. In Canada, dial (877)330-6366. translifeline.org


Find a practitioner

  • *On psychologytoday.com, you can filter results to specifically find therapists & providers who work with LGBTQ+ patients. There may also be an LGBTQ+ focused practice or center near you. One example are the Phoenix Rising Centers, a network of therapists & providers across the U.S. - you can explore their services at phoenixrisingcenters.org
  • Local LGBTQ+ centers or organizations may also offer counseling services and support groups, often free of charge or at low cost. Search Centerlink’s network of LGBTQ+ centers near you at lgbtqcenters.org/LGBTCenters -
  • To search the directory of The Association of LGBTQ+ Psychiatrists, head to aglp.memberclicks.net/aglp-referral.

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