Own Your Personal Identity
If you are curious, anxious, or stressed about your personal identity or how you are being treated by others due to an aspect(s) of your identity, it’s important that you talk to a trusted adult. A good talk or two with your parent or another caring adult might do the trick. But if you decide you want to go deeper, arrange a visit with a healthcare provider to support you professionally in personal identity clarification and confidence building. You can set an appointment with your family’s healthcare provider, or ask the adult responsible for you to set an appointment. If you or your family do not have a regular healthcare provider or are uninsured, find free or low-cost mental health services by ZIP Code and type of service or reach the National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or online.
Get Help in a Physical Emergency
Call 911 if you are having any type of physical emergency, including being harmed physically or being at immediate risk of harm for any circumstance, including an emergency related to your personal identity or others’ perceptions of your identity.
Get Help in an Emotional Emergency
Call the toll-free National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or initiate a confidential online chat with a trained counselor if you are really sad or are considering harming yourself for any reason, including due to your personal identity or others’ perceptions of your identity.