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Supporting the Mental Health of LGBTQ+ Youth
As we kick off Pride Month at Hanna, we are excited to celebrate our LGBTQ+ community. But at the same time, we are well-aware of just how difficult the struggle can be for so many — especially LGBTQ+ youth.
How to Talk With Youth About Counseling
Here in Sonoma County, like everywhere across the country, our youth are struggling with mental health. From collective traumas like wildfires and COVID to individual experiences with loneliness, depression, and abuse, there are so many reasons our kids struggle.
Mental Health Stigma and Barriers
Even during Mental Health Awareness month, it can be hard to raise your hand and ask for help. And that’s not surprising. Despite all the progress we’ve seen in making room for people to seek help, mental health issues still carry an unwarranted stigma — preventing people from seeking the support they need.
Daniel – Alum Success Story
“In high school, I had been drinking and smoking, getting into trouble. I eventually got into treatment, then moved to Hanna at age 17 and graduated the following year.
Hector – Scholarship Story
Hector was living in poverty and an unstable environment when he first entered Hanna Center. “I had to make changes in my life,” he says. “Hanna taught me independence and I learned more about my faith.
Mary Jay – Hanna Donor Profile
A faithful donor for many years, Mary Jay gives because she and her brother ‘did not have the option of going to a refuge like Hanna’ when they were both growing up in an abusive household.
Midway into his freshman year at Vallejo High School in 2019, Victor’s mom pulled him out, fearing for his safety after learning that he had recently joined a gang.
The Shepherd Does Not Discriminate
In the book, “The Last Temptation of Christ,” there is a scene where the devil slithering like a snake goes up the back of the cross, out of view of everyone.
Why I Support Hanna Center – Rick Airaudi
Rick Airaudi and his family began monthly donations to Hanna not long after Hanna was established in 1945. Rick’s father, Claude, started the tradition, which continues to this day.
Hanna Institute Summit
At the 2023 Institute Summit, we will gather to learn what we can do to support children from birth to age 18 who are homeless, undocumented, or involved in the foster system.