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A Letter from OUT MetroWest
Dear friends, The uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic is so hard. Whether you're missing your school routine, worrying about friends, or nervous about the future, you are not alone. While we can't be together in-person, we are doing our best to stay connected with our LGBTQ+ friends and allies via virtual meetings. You'll find links to this week's meetings below, along with some other resources you might find helpful. And thanks to the suggestion of an awesome alum, we've added a meeting this Friday night specifically for WAGLY and Umbrella alums! We hope you are in a safe place with loved ones and that you'll reach out to us with any questions! -Julie, Kay, Marie, and Ricky
P.S. New participants are welcome at our virtual youth meetings! WAGLY - Monday, March 23, 6:45-8:30 p.m. For LGBTQ+ and allied youth in grades 9-12
Join our online meeting at: https://zoom.us/j/204303147. You can also call in by dialing 929-205-6099 and entering meeting ID 204-303-147.Nexus - Wednesday, March 25, 6:30-8 p.m.For LGBTQ+ and allied youth in grades 6-8
Join us online at https://zoom.us/j/396224153. You can also call in by dialing 929-205-6099 and entering meeting ID 396-224-153.Drop-in - Thursday, March 26, 3-6 p.m.For LGBTQ+ and allied youth in grades 6-12
Join our online meeting at: https://zoom.us/j/572952119. You can also call in by dialing 929-205-6099 and entering meeting ID 572 952 119.Alum Chat - Friday, March 27, 7 to 8:30 p.m.For past participants and advisors from our WAGLY and Umbrella programs
Join our online meeting at: https://zoom.us/j/552605894. You can also call in by dialing 929-205-6099 and entering meeting ID 552-605-894.
Trans Lifeline 24/7 crisis intervention, support, and resources by and for the trans community.
TrevorText24/7 crisis intervention for the LGBTQ+ community
Other Things to Do Improve Sex Ed in Massachusetts Are you a young person who thinks sex education in Massachusetts can and should be better? Is sex ed a topic you feel passionate about? Join a call with Jaclyn Friedman to talk about a project you can join, right now, to make sex ed better for everyone in the future. Email Jaclyn if interested.
Text alerts and push notifications We use the Remind messaging service for occasional updates. We only message rarely for things like location changes, snow days, etc. Youth or guardians can text 81010 with the code for your group(s), or download the Remind app and enter the code if you'd prefer push notifications over text messages.Nexus Code: @nexusoutUmbrella Code: @transyouthWAGLY Code: @waglyDrop-in Code: @drop-in
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COVID-19 and Managing Mental Health
News of a widespread public health concern like COVID-19 (Coronavirus) can cause feelings of uncertainty and anxiety. Many students across the nation are dealing with sudden changes to their regular schedules and some are faced with having to quickly leave their campuses without contingency plans yet in place. These developments can be stressful. At the same time, families and school leaders are working to provide the necessary support to their loved ones and students. It’s completely expected and appropriate to experience fear during situations like these. It’s also important to know how to manage overwhelming anxiety and keep perspective as the situation unfolds. Here are some resources and tips that may be helpful:
We know this situation is challenging. In addition to utilizing these resources, JED’s self-care experts recommend getting adequate sleep, eating well, and engaging in exercise, among other tips for practicing good self-care. People who already are managing existing mental health conditions should prioritize self-care during difficult times and should contact their clinicians if they have questions or concerns. To reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Text “START” to 741-741 to reach the Crisis Text Line.