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1 in 5 youth have a mental illness. If you’re already living with a mental illness or have new concerns about your mental health, don’t be afraid to reach out for help. You’re not alone. The National Alliance on Mental Illness offers information on knowing whether you have a problem and getting help.
Struggling with thoughts of suicide or want to help someone who is? National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255). You can call or chat online. It’s 24/7, free, and confidential support to help you or someone you know who is dealing with depression or thoughts of suicide. There are also special numbers for Spanish speakers: (1-888-628-9454) and the deaf: (1-800-799-4889).
Exploring your sexual orientation is a normal part of discovering who you are. Some areas of Texas can be tough in judging you and giving you a hard time. But you can find others who support you in exploring and discussing your feelings, don’t judge, and accept you as you are.
If you’re really low and considering suicide, contact the Trevor Project for LGBTQ Suicide Prevention. You can call, text, or chat 24/7.
Have an LGBTQ legal issue?
Contact the Lambda Legal Help Desk to discuss legal issues. For example, if you think you are being treated unfairly because of your sexual orientation (or what they think your sexual orientation is) in applying to a job or school, trying to rent an apartment, etc.
Want to talk to someone about sexual orientation and/or gender identity?
Call the LGBT National Youth Talk Line at 1-800-246-7743. This hotline is available M-F 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. CST. They also have a large collection of videos about LGBTQ subjects.
Need information about your community LGBTQ meetings?
PFLAG supports the whole LGBTQ community, including family and friends of LGBTQ people. There are a number of PFLAG chapters in Texas that hold meetings, so you can meet in person with others.
Have questions, need information or need help for substance abuse? The Teen Drug Rehabs site is for parents and teachers, but you can still learn a lot and get resources to help for yourself.