Valentine’s Day can be a difficult time for LGBTQ youth who feel unsupported by their family, friends, and communities. During the month of February, we also recognize two serious movements that affect how young people treat others and themselves: Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month and National Eating Disorder Awareness Week (February 21-27).
Both movements demonstrate that it can sometimes be hard for young people to find self-love, practice healthy love, and care for themselves. But struggling with any issue, whether it is depression, disordered eating, or an unhealthy relationship, does not mean a person is broken. Instead, this is an opportunity to pause and recognize when a person needs help.
That is why The Trevor Project is here to offer validating acceptance and support, 24/7. For the young people who don’t feel they can confide in anyone, we are here to listen through calls, chats, and texts. Our safe, supportive online community TrevorSpace.org also provides a place for young people to connect and share their experiences over issues they care about.
To show our support, we launched a series of photos for a #heartyourself #selfloveselfie campaign, encouraging #LGBTQ youth to share how they practice self-care and affirm their identities. All are welcome to take part, any time. We are here to support you.