“Be True and Be You” Booklet for LGBTQ Teens

If you’re LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and/or Questioning) young person, and going through a tough time, you’re not alone. Whether you’re trying to figure out your own identity or want to learn how to talk to others, it can be hard to know where to find support. Being LGBTQ does not mean you have a mental illness, but it does put you at a higher risk for mental health challenges because of the stigma and discrimination you may face from family, friends and society.

This Pride month, we are excited to release a new booklet that provides helpful information for LGBTQ teens, their family and friends. Written with the help of LGBTQ teens across California, the “Be True and Be You: A Basic Mental Health Guide for LGBTQ Teens”  booklet includes descriptions of common mental health challenges, myths and facts, ways to handle stressful or difficult situations, real stories of others who have been through tough times and where to get help or help someone you know.

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These pages don’t have all the answers; in fact, this is just the beginning— a basic guide for how to talk and think about mental health and sexual orientation, some ways to cope with stress and emotions, and how to get support for yourself and others. If nothing else, let this be a reminder that no matter what you’re feeling, you’re not alone. Down the booklet today!