Diversify your life
As we mentioned earlier, if you’re a teen or young adult, it can be especially tough to navigate your identity, expression, and your relationships.
A rapidly developing brain, hormones, and puberty can affect your mental health and your relationships with family, friends, and teachers.
No matter if you’re questioning your sexual orientation or your gender identity, or you’re further along in your personal journey, creating your support system and connecting with your community is an important move towards protecting your mental health.
You can participate in 2SLGBTQ+ school initiatives or start your very own student-led group. But if school on its own doesn’t quite meet all your needs, consider getting involved in extracurricular activities on evenings or weekends to feed other parts of the multi-faceted person you are.
For instance, if you love being active but organized team sports bring up negative or binary-restrictive connotations, consider solo activities like running. Or make your own soccer team with friends—and grow it by having them invite their queer or allied friends.