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We don’t provide mental health advice, counselling, or treatment. If you or someone you know is in crisis, contact your local community crisis team. You can also reach out to the Indigenous Hope for Wellness Help Line 1-855-242-3310, the Black Youth Helpline 1-833-294-8650, or Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868.

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2S/LGBTQIA+ Student MH Social Media Bundles

With the help of Wisdom2Action, we’ve put together social media bundles that include various youth-friendly graphics for the classroom, or to share via social media.  

These graphics are meant build understanding and help support 2S/LGBTQIA+ students.

Download the complete bundle: Tips for 2S/LGBTQIA+ student’s mental health (zip file)

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Tips for Supporting Yourself as a 2S/LGBTQIA+ Student

We know that life can be particularly hard for 2S/LGBTQIA+ youth, that it’s a lot to struggle with your identity and to worry about how people will treat you based on your gender and/or sexuality.

We’ve created some tips and suggestions for 2S/LGBTQIA+ youth on how to care for yourself when times are tough.

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  • Remind yourself that you deserve care, compassion, and love.
  • Remind yourself that even if it’s hard now, it will get better.
  • Connect with the supports you have access to such as your peers and friends or caring adults in your life, like adults at your school, community or extended family.
  • Explore tools and strategies you can use to support yourself.
A list of support services. A full description follows.

Reach out to supports:

LGBT YouthLine

LGBT YouthLine provides free peer support services by and for 2S/LGBTQIA+ youth through online, text and phone platforms (operating times available online).

Kids Help Phone

Kids Help Phone provides free, 24/7 support and counselling

If you feel safe doing so, look online for 2SLGBTIA+ virtual and in-person spaces you can access. Check out LGBT YouthLine or Kids Help Phone for lists of services.

Download the complete bundle: Check in on the 2S/LGBTQIA+ people in your life (zip file)

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Check in on the 2S/LGBTQIA+ people in your life

Many 2S/LGBTQIA+ young people struggle to find safer spaces where they can truly be themselves.

They may have to hide their identities from their families in order to protect themselves and may not feel safe being ‘out’ either at home or at school.

A quick text, phone call or DM can make all the difference for your 2S/LGBTQIA+ friends.

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A quick text, phone call or DM can make all the difference for your 2S/LGBTQIA+ friends.

Here are some prompts to get the conversation started:

  • Hey, we haven’t talked in a while! Do you have time to hang out later this week?
  • Do you want to FaceTime this week?
  • Hey! I just wanted to check in…I know _________ can suck. How are you doing?
A list of support services. A full description follows.