Two years after Chicago shuttered six of they city’s 12 mental health clinics, Real Chi Youth takes a closer look at the closure’s impact on local LGBTQ youth. Community organizations, like Humboldt Park’s Vida Sida, told Real Chi Youth that they are feeling the impact amongst LGBTQ youth. Zenaida Lopez, Vida Sida’s Director, said that cuts have had a noticeable, indirect impact on the homeless young people they serve.
Meanwhile, the Illinois Safe School Alliance is also working with Chicago high school students to address these issues. Real Chi Youth spoke with student representative Cody and ISSA’s Director of Programs David Fischer to understand what other mental health resources are available.