During adolescence, many young people are exploring their sexual identity, gender identity and gender expression. While this can be an exciting time, the process of self-discovery can also be extremely stressful. Fear of being different, along with cultural and peer pressures, may cause teens to question their gender identity, gender expression and/or sexual orientation. Find local resources to help support these young people in their pursuit of acceptance and understanding.
Bullying among adolescents can take many forms. As children get older, how they bully becomes more sophisticated and harder to identify. In addition to taunting, threats or physical attacks, the rise of social media has introduced another category of bullying – cyberbullying. As teens have more and more access to social media, gaming and the internet, bullies use these platforms…Read more Emergency
Coming out is when a person acknowledges, accepts and appreciates their sexual orientation or gender identity and starts to share it with others. Coming out can happen at any age, and that is okay. While the situation is different for everyone, it’s important to find resources that help to create a safe, welcoming space for all LGBTQ+ teens and allies.Read more Emergency
Bullying, fear of rejection and the chronic stress associated with having a seemingly stigmatized identity can put significant strain on an LGBTQ+ teen’s mental health. In fact, research shows that LGBTQ+ youth have much higher levels of suicidal ideation than their heterosexual peers.Read more Emergency
Compared to their heterosexual peers, LGBTQ+ teens may face a greater risk of discrimination and targeted violence – from bullying, teasing and harassment to physical and sexual violence. However, area resources are working to put an end to anti-LGBTQ+ stigma by standing up and speaking out against hate and intolerance.Read more Emergency
Growing up can be a challenging and isolating experience, but the good news is, you don’t have to do it alone. No matter the adversity you might be facing, find the encouragement you need to move forward in a positive direction. Stark Help Central is a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment for young people of all ages and backgrounds.Read more Emergency