Local group hosts mental health awareness forum for LGBT youth

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WAUSAU, Wis. (WAOW) — “Proud Theater Wausau” partnered with North Central Healthcare on Saturday to host an open forum about mental health awareness.

“Mental health affects many people, especially teens and young adults,” said Dr. Ryan Stever. “It’s been stigmatized throughout the years and we just need to try to reduce the stigma and get people to seek services when they need them.”

The open discussion was aimed at middle to high school aged LGBT students. Coordinators for the event said it’s especially important to be aware of mental health at a younger age when you’re apart of the LGBT community.

“They’re accepted less in their community,” said Program Director Evelyn Bromberg. “They’re accepted less by their parents and there’s a really hard process that especially LGBT youth face.”

“Research shows a lot higher rates of depression, anxiety, suicide, suicide attempts among the LGBT community,” said Artistic Director Matthew Waltzman. “We want them to have a renewed sense of confidence in their own abilities to be able to deal with situations.”

“Proud Wausau Theater” said they look forward to continuing to provide resources to the LGBT community.

Rashad Williams

Rashad Williams

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