Increased access to mental health services for LGBTQ+ youth
The YouthCharge Mental Health Board chose this need because many people in the LGBTQ+ community have mental health struggles from facing negative stereotypes, shame, discrimination, fear, and/or traumatic events. Because of this, it can be a struggle for members of the LGBTQ+ community to accept or let others know this crucial aspect of their identity. LGBTQ+ youth are at an ever greater risk for poor mental health because of the added challenge of going through adolescence and young adulthood.
Increased mental health services in middle and high schools
The YouthCharge Mental Health board wants to expand mental health services in schools. Students often do not feel comfortable communicating their issues and/or feeling vulnerable with their school counselors. Furthermore, counselors don’t have the capacity to fully help students because of the high rates of depression and suicide in Colorado. To help solve this issue and better meet the needs of students, we would like to fund organizations that increase mental health services in Adams County middle and high schools.
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