Depression is an evil little voice that will tell you that you are not good enough, that no one loves you, and that you cannot do anything. Do not listen to that voice. Sometimes depression is temporary and only requires a change of situation to aleviate it. Other times it is the chemical imbalance inside your own body and you need professional help to find your way back to the light. In my case it’s the latter. If your depression doesn’t seem to have a source and will no alleviate, medication and therapy can help. But you have to give them a chance. There is no shame in needing a doctor’s assistance to help manage a potentially life-threatening ailment.

If you should start to think about self-harm or suicide, PLEASE reach out for help. Here are several organizations dedicated to helping LGBTQQIA youth in need.

The It Gets Better Project Resource Center

Hotlines and phone numbers for local supporting organizations.

Crisis Text Line

If you would prefer to text these people are ready to help 24/7. This page also includes links to other websites and hotlines for various crisis interventions.

Chatzy Discussion Board

“Chatzy Therapy is an online chat room and support group dedicated to helping teens and adults suffering from depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, and mental illness to deal with their problems and share their stories.”

-Taken from the Chatzy Home Page

WSU Free Online Mental Health Screening

This screening will NOT give you a diagnosis, but it might help you decide what steps t take next.

“Mental health is a key part of your overall health. Brief screenings are the quickest way to determine if you or someone you care about should connect with a mental health professional – they are a checkup from your neck up. This program is completely anonymous and confidential, and immediately following the brief questionnaire you will see your results, recommendations, and key resources.”

-Taken from the WSU Mental Health Screening Page