Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth in Our Communities
June is LGBTQ+ Pride month, and while we celebrate and uplift this vibrant community, we also recognize they face significant mental health disparities. Mental Health America’s President and CEO Schroeder Stribling will host a panel-style webinar, Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth in Our Communities, where we will discuss how we can collectively make a positive impact on the mental health of LGBTQ+ youth. Panelists will share experiences, helpful insights, and best practices to ensure we are creating supportive, safe, and healthy environments where youth can thrive.
This webinar is designed to help you:
- Identify unique challenges LGBTQ+ youth face
- Learn about effective systems within communities that support LGBTQ+ youth
- Discuss how your community can be more inclusive, supportive, and safe for LGBTQ+ youth
- Feel more confident in your ability to advocate for LGBTQ+ youth
This webinar will be recorded and available to the public within one week. We do not offer CEUs, but certificates of attendance will be available upon request after the event.
Meet our speakers
Casey Pick (she/her) is the senior fellow for advocacy and government affairs for The Trevor Project. She works to advance state and federal policies that support LGBTQ+ youth in crisis, educating policymakers and the public about LGBTQ+ youth/mental health issues. She also writes and coordinates amicus briefs, collaborates with state and local advocates, and testifies to support legislation protecting LGBTQ+ youth.
Cyn Gomez (he/him, they/them) is a 19-year-old, first-generation, second year student at UC Berkeley, studying social welfare with minors in race and the law and Spanish. They are an election poll worker, Berkeley student cooperative house president, a student worker at UC Berkeley, Associated Students of the University of California chief advisor on Queer/Trans+ wellness, and the diversity, equity, and inclusion director for Tangible Movement.
Kemah M Gbolokai (she/them/her) is a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC) in the state of Maryland, national certified counselor (NCC) and EMDR trained therapist with Onyx Therapy Group. Kemah has 13 years working with children and adolescents who have experienced trauma and 6 years working with women and children fleeing domestic violence. As a member of the LGBTQ+ community she empowers the youth to shine their light
Paul Jaquith (he/him) is a licensed clinical social worker and certified addictions professional with over 40 years of experience in social work. He is an expert clinical professional who has provided services to adults and children dealing with the challenges of mental illness and substance abuse. He was appointed as the president/CEO of Mental Health America of Southeast Florida in September 2012.