June is Pride Month which commemorates years of struggle for civil rights and the ongoing pursuit of equal justice under the law for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community, as well as the accomplishments of LGBTQ individuals. Every-day individuals that identify as LGBTQ endure mental health challenges at a greater rate than most people. In fact, the most recent Vermont Youth Risk Behavior Survey results of high school students indicate that LGBTQ students are nearly 2.5 times as likely at heterosexual/cisgender students to feel so sad or hopeless during the past year that they stopped doing some activities.
They’re nearly four times as likely to have hurt themselves on purpose during the past year. And are five times as likely as to have attempted suicide during the past year.
NCSS is a welcoming organization which has a diversity and cultural awareness committee whose purpose is to establish a respectful and welcoming environment for all persons served and employed by raising awareness and increasing sensitivity to achieve optimal health.