Tuesdays from 5:00 - 6:30pm at SMYAL
Many of our youth come to SMYAL looking for a safe space to talk openly about the issues they face every day due to their sexual orientation and gender identity, in addition to the issues facing all adolescents growing up in the DC metro region. Our weekly rap group gives them an opportunity to speak about what's on their mind and get support from their peers and from SMYAL staff members and volunteers.
Youth can also self-refer to any of our programs. If you are interested in connecting a youth to SMYAL programs and rap group, please contact:
Dominique ParrisPeer Education Coordinator
202.546.5940 ext. 116
DO YOU or your friend NEED IMMEDIATE HELP?
ARE YOU or SOMEONE YOU LOVE AT RISK OF SUICIDE?
NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE
A free, confidential, 24 hour hotline for anyone who is going through emotional distress or is in a suicidal crisis.
I AM THE DIFFERENCE
D.C. DEPARTMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH ACCESS HELPLINE
This is the free, confidential, supportive 24/7 hotline staffed by mental health professionals who can refer a caller to immediate help or ongoing care - D.C. Department of Mental Health.
Also available at the D.C. Department of Mental Health:
Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP)- access mobile crisis teams.
List of Community Based Service Providers - access certified mental health care providers.
Find ideas ofthings to do when you feel down, depressed, hopeless, or suicidal.
Find ideas forhow to help a friend who may be struggling.
THE TREVOR PROJECT
The Trevor Helpline is afree and confidential service that offers hope and someone to talk to, 24/7. The Trevor Helpline's trained counselors will listen and understand without judgment.