One step at a time: a project to address the mental health needs of LGBTQ youth

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth face unique obstacles which have been directly linked to an increase in lifetime suicide attempts. For this reason, this project aims at addressing these obstacles, educating the campus community, bringing attention to resources available to LGBTQ youth, and reducing suicide. This project is the first LGBTQ youth suicide awareness walk. The event took place on April 2, 2014 on the campus of the California State University (CSU), Stanislaus. Five campus and community organizations took part in the event. These groups consisted of The Prevention, Education, Empowerment, Relief (PEER) Project, California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA), Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, Stanislaus County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS)/LGBTQ-A Behavioral Health Collaborative, and the Haven Women’s Shelter of Stanislaus County. In addition to the involvement from these organizations, there were 56 participants who participated in the walk. The response from the participants indicates a tremendous success.