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Hetrick-Martin Convenes Summit on Mental Health Needs of LGBTQ Youth of Color

Wednesday Jun 15, 2016

On Friday, June 17, Hetrick-Martin Institute presents "Creating a Community of Care: Fostering Emotional Wellness for LGBTQ Youth." The nation's oldest and largest organization serving LGBTQ youth will convene this summit to focus on the mental health needs of LGBTQ youth of color.

Through a series of workshops, round tables, and a keynote presentation from respected advocate and mental health expert, Dr. Mindy Thompson Fullilove, the summit will focus on sharing best practices and developing a mental health advocacy agenda. Fullilove is a board-certified psychiatrist and author who is interested in the links between the environment and mental health.
HMI believes that all young people regardless of sexual orientation or identity deserve a safe environment in which to achieve their full potential. Sadly, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth face pervasive societal stigma and overwhelming challenges.

HMI offers these young people a supportive community that fosters positive youth development with pioneering programs that promote physical health and mental well-being, emotional resilience, academic achievement, job readiness, and artistic/cultural creativity. We do this in ways that embody our profound belief in these young people, deep respect for who they are and confidence in their untapped abilities.

Founded in 1979, HMI is the nation's oldest and largest nonprofit leader in LGBTQ youth service programming. Today, we serve more than 2,000 at-risk youth each year from more than 300 zip codes in New York and New Jersey, and an additional 8,000 young people through outreach efforts -- as well as countless lives changed by our advocacy around the world.

The event is free; representatives from all CBO's serving LGBTQ youth are welcome. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

"Creating a Community of Care: Fostering Emotional Wellness for LGBTQ Youth" will be held from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Friday, June 17 at W Hotel New York in Union Square, 201 Park Avenue South, New York, NY.
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