You Are Not Alone: Teen Suicide Resources

Another school year has begun, and the Juneau School District created a new suicide prevention resource for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth, which is available for adults who work with teens.

"Gay and lesbian youth belong to two groups at high risk of suicide: youth and homosexuals." The brochure lists 3 actions to take if you or a friend has a problem.
"The root of the problem for GLBT youth suicide is a society that discriminates against and stigmatizes homosexuals while failing to recognize that a substantial number of its youth are GLBT." - from the report of the Secretary's Task Force on Youth Suicide, US Dept. of Health and Human Services
The brochure gives Juneau-area and national suicide hotline numbers and mental health web sites that are accessible to all Alaska youth, along with general GLBTQ resources like SEAGLA, PFLAG and the Juneau Gay-Straight Alliances.

The brochure was funded by a grant from the State of Alaska, and is available for people who work with teens and places where teens frequent.

If you would like to receive copies of the brochure, or have suggestions for where they can be placed, please contact Juneau-Douglas High School Counselor Brendan Kiernan at this email address.

1 comment:

PolarAtheist said...

I think it's great that they are providing these to our youth. I wish I had this kind of guidance when I was young. :)

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