Upcoming webinar: 

Celebrating Diversity in LGBTQ Youth
Tuesday, June 25, 2019, 1:00 – 1:30 pm ET

The most recent studies suggest that as many as 1 in 30 children identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer (LGBTQ). These youth face unique challenges, including increased rates of rejection from their families, stigma and discrimination at school and in employment, and dealing with a healthcare system that can be ignorant of their needs. These challenges add up and can lead to an increased risk of mental health concerns. And yet, despite these challenges and adversities, LGBTQ youth often demonstrate tremendous vitality, resilience, and pride in their experience.

In this webinar with Dr. Samantha Busa and social worker Jeremy Wernick, which is timed to coordinate with the 50th anniversary of the launch of the modern LGBTQ rights movement, we celebrate the strengths of LGBTQ youth and learn how we can build a healthier community by celebrating and honoring their diverse experiences.

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Stephanie Forero (NYF Clinician) | stephanie.forero@nyfoundling.org | Room 323 | 646-477-6856 

Samantha Schreer (NYF Clinician) | samantha.schreer@nyfoundling.org | Room 323| 646-532-8071 

Sneha Patel (NYF Clinician) | sneha.pateal@nyfoundling.org | Room 323| 646-629-0777 

Nnenna Bodden (NYF Intern) | nnenna.bodden@nyfoundling.org | Room 323| 347-859-5087 

Jane Ray (NYF Intern) | jane.ray@nyfoundling.org | Room 323| 646-630-1898 

Michelle Watsula (NYF Supervisor) | michelle.watsula@nyfoundling.org |347-803-5545 


Guidance Counselor: Guidance Suite 2nd Floor
Evelyn Carela (SAPIS III) | Rm G 47 | ECarela2@schools.nyc.gov212-496-0700  Ext. 2947

Parent/Student Resource:
Attached is a 2018 report supplement on teens and Anxiety from the Child Mind Institute. The full report may be downloaded here:

Did You Know?
The Wellness Center at LaGuardia provides mental health support for LaG Students as part of an overall Student Wellness Initiative sponsored by Dr. Mars and the Parents Association. This initiative is supported by Mr. Mackey (AP Guidance) and Ms. Carela (SAPIS and Head of Social Emotional Support programs at LaG) along with onsite social workers and your child’s guidance counselors.

How Does My Child Get Support for Mental Health at LaGuardia?
The social-emotional support team at LaGuardia consists of the clinicians at the LaGuardia Wellness Center along with your child’s guidance counselor, social workers, and our onsite SAPIS.
Please review the “Process Map” below to see how your child can access the Wellness Center and other mental health support at LaGuardia.

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