College students attended the “Q Nook & LGBTQ Consciousness” occasion on Could 20 as a part of FHDA’s Psychological Well being Consciousness Week, the place they discovered necessary points in regards to the LGBTQ neighborhood.
The 2 major audio system had been Emmett Marsh, a psychological well being peer assist employee with Q Nook, and Isabella Garcia, the administration analyst for Q Nook in addition to a professor within the public well being and recreation division at San Jose State College.
They went over necessary subjects together with points relating to sexual and gender identification, pronouns, assets, terminology and issues afflicting the neighborhood.
“LGBTQ youth particularly have a novel developmental course of that households and methods are sometimes unprepared to assist,” Marsh mentioned.
They mentioned permanency disruptions and statistics for Santa Clara County, stating how LGBTQ comprise 19% of homeless youth and younger adults and almost half of transgender respondents severely thought of suicide and self hurt prior to now 12 months.
“It may be form of surprising to listen to it, it’s in all probability not the primary time you’ve heard it however to listen to it once more and have all of it offered in that means,” Marsh mentioned. “However there are quite a lot of issues that may be finished to assist people inside our communities.”
Marsh and Garcia went on to stipulate a few of the many native assets in Santa Clara County devoted to the LGBTQ neighborhood, similar to The Gender Health Center, LGBTQ Youth Space, and LGBTQ Wellness.
“We don’t wish to see suicide makes an attempt, and so they’re preventable,” Garcia mentioned. “We are able to have that assist, we will construct on that assist, we may be that assist.”
The occasion additionally hosted temporary breakout rooms by which small teams of scholars launched themselves and said their pronouns.
“It form of appeared like a miniscule exercise at first however I feel it was a fantastic one,” mentioned Amanda Zachman, 18, psychology main. “Particularly to introduce non-queer individuals to the apply of normalizing stating your pronouns as a means of being supportive of trans individuals.”
Zachman was excited concerning the occasion and the data they went over, notably the native assets that Q Nook outlined for LGBTQ college students.
“One thing that I actually appreciated was that they supplied a lot of assets and details about native facilities and assist teams with a deal with the LGBTQ,” Zachman mentioned. “They’re typically onerous to seek out on-line by yourself.”
College students thanked the Garcia and Marsh in addition to the opposite cohosts as they left the occasion for his or her time, schooling, and assets. If you wish to be taught extra about Q Nook, you’ll find them on their Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.