Positive environments are important to help all youth thrive. However, the needs of LGBTQ+ youth can differ from their heterosexual peers. It is critical for parents, guardians, and other family members to have the necessary information and resources to ensure their LGBTQ+ children are protected and supported.
The following resources can help promote mental health and wellness among LGBTQ+ youth, their friends, parents, and family members:
- Gender-Diverse & Transgender Children
Information to help parents accept their child’s gender-diverse identity and find support for their mental health.
- Genders & Sexualities Alliance Network: What is a GLA Club
GSA clubs are student-run organizations that unite LGBTQ+ and allied youth to build community and organize around issues impacting them in their schools and communities.
- Health Concerns for Gay and Lesbian Teens
Information for LGBTQ+ teens on sexual activity, substance use, mental health, discrimination, and violence.
- It Gets Better Project
The It Gets Better Project inspires people across the globe to share their stories and remind the next generation of LGBTQ+ youth that hope is out there, and it will get better.
- Q Card Project
The Q Card is a simple and easy-to-use communication tool designed to empower LGBTQ youth to become actively engaged in their health and to support the people who provide their care.
- Q Chat Space
Q Chat Space is a digital LGBTQ+ center where teens join live-chat, professionally facilitated, online support groups.
- Stomp Out Bullying: Making Schools Safe for LGBTQ Community
Schools should be a young person’s primary center for learning, growing, and building a foundation for success in the world. Like any student, LGBTQ+ individuals deserve to be treated with tolerance, respect, and dignity. Sexual orientation or identity should never matter.
- The Trevor Project: Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention
The Trevor Project is a national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ people under 25.
This information was derived from an article on MyAssistanceProgram.com citing resources from the CDC.