Young people who are questioning their sexual orientation can feel lonely and frightened. You may have feelings that make you wonder whether you are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered and you don't know what to do. Many teenagers have had little or no contact with people who they know to be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered GLBT.
CNN -- The business of saving lives can happen in the most unassuming of places: In the corner of a nondescript, dingy building in an unnamed West Coast city, in a small office that can barely fit four desks. Here, trained counselors take the calls of young people in crisis and those who worry about them. It's the kind of place where the mere act of talking can eclipse the tragic, where people work to keep headlines -- like the story of Rutgers student Tyler Clementi -- from ever happening.
Typically, hotlines are open Monday through Friday 9 to 5, with some also open evenings and Saturdays. The BDVP collaborates with other domestic violence programs and the City of Philadelphia to operate the Philadelphia Domestic Violence Hotline which provides the following services for victims of domestic and dating abuse: Crisis intervention counseling, Safety planning, Referrals for domestic abuse services and other needs, including referrals for shelter and housing, emergency food services, legal assistance, youth services, elder programs, medical services, general counseling needs, sexual assault counseling, welfare assistance, services for gay and lesbian people, and services in multiple languages. The hotline is toll free and is answered by a trained counselor hour a day.
Suicide ranks as the third leading cause of death among young people between the ages of 15 and 29—outranked only by accidents and homicides. And for some teens the risk is even greater—national and state surveys indicate that gay and lesbian teens are far more likely than their heterosexual peers to attempt suicide. While there are a number of hotlines and other resources for depressed teens in crisis, The Trevor Project stands out for its focus on gay and questioning teens.
Here's a list of nationwide emergency and crisis numbers. If you are in crisis, 1st call while you're looking in the front of your local yellow pages. That's where you'll usually find the local suicide prevention hotline or crisis center.
We offer short-term, goal-oriented counseling. Trained peer counselors are available by phone, walk-in, or appointment, Monday-Friday evenings 6 p. Free and confidential.
It may be quick and easy for some, or longer and more difficult for others. Feelings of being "different" emerge throughout childhood, although it may not be clear to the child what the feelings means. Children may begin exploring gender and relationships before kindergarten, so "coming out" and sharing these feelings of being different with others may happen at any time.
Positive environments are important to help all youth thrive. On this page, find resources from the CDC, other government agencies, and community organizations for LGBT Youth, their friends, educators, parents, and family members to support positive environments. Some LGBT youth are more likely than their heterosexual peers to experience negative health and life outcomes. It is important that at-risk LGBT youth have access to resources and support to deal with the questions and challenges they may face as they mature.
I also remember seeing heterosexual couples and knowing that I wasn't like them. I would get very depressed about not being like other kids. Many times I would take a kitchen knife and press it against my chest, wondering if I should push it all the way in," said Alex, a year-old gay youth.