Reading this article felt like looking into a mirror. I was born in the late 90s, but nearly everything else is identical. I went to Catholic school as someone who had suicidal ideation since the 4th grade when I started puberty, and it was somewhat related to my gender identity and sexuality. I was surrounded by family and school faculty that shut me down and told me to have more faith when I was dealing with my emotions. Eventually, I too used the internet because it is a profoundly lonely experience feeling like no one wants or understands you at that age. I’ve never had the cops called on me for expressing my feelings (though I had that threatened by family members if I kept telling them my honest thoughts), but unrestricted internet access lead me to meeting people who took advantage of me as a child. I just wanted to feel loved and understood for who I was, not how I felt. I went to school for psychology because I believed I was not alone and could do something within the mental health system that I felt totally failed by (I have been in therapy for most of my life! I was still molested, told being nonbinary was not real, and told my thoughts were dangerous). I have graduated with a bachelor’s and feel completely stuck, as my view of the mental health system has changed. I do not think I can truly help people from within the traditional master’s degrees in mental health counseling (social work or psych). I apologize that this comment is so long; I felt compelled to write it and to ask you the following question because I see much of myself in your story. Do you have any suggestions on where one can go OUTSIDE of the traditional mental health system to help people as a profession? I guess I should spesify that I am not religious, still queer, and have 25k in student debt. Thank you for reading.