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Pride Month

Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently released a report called "Moving Beyond Change Efforts: Evidence and Action to Support and Affirm LGBTQI+ Youth" that focuses on the experiences and needs of LGBTQI+ children and adolescents up to age 17 years (referred to collectively as “youth”). 

From the report, "LGBTQI+ youth experience significant physical and behavioral health inequities. Several factors contribute to these inequities and result in minority stress, which is harmful to behavioral health, including:

  • Stigma
  • Negative social attitudes
  • Systemic barriers in health care for LGBTQI+ people
  • Rejection and lack of support from families, caregivers, and communities
  • Bullying and harassment, and lack of recognition and support in schools

"Research over the past 20 years has underscored the importance of family and community support to the health of LGBTQI+ youth. Family and community negativity toward sexual diverse sexual orientation and/or gender identity, especially family rejection and school bullying and harassment, can cause harm to the behavioral health of this population." To download the full report, click here.


Center of Excellence LGBTQ+ Behavioral Health Equity

From the Center of Excellence's website, "The Center of Excellence on LGBTQ+ Behavioral Health Equity provides behavioral health practitioners with vital information on supporting the population of people identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, two-spirit, and other diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, and expressions.

"Through training, coaching, and technical assistance we are implementing change strategies within mental health and substance use disorder treatment systems to address disparities effecting LGBTQ+ people across all stages of life."

LGBTQ+ Youth Mental Health

Understanding LGBTQ+Identity: A Toolkit for Educators

Digital media resources to help teachers, administrators, guidance counselors, and other educators understand and effectively address the complex and difficult issues faced by LGBTQ+ students.

Resources for School Mental Health Providers and School Personnel (From the Southeast MHTTC School Mental Health Initiative)

Webinars: Safety planning for LGBTQ+ youth, supporting families of youth, and how to respond when a young person expresses their SOGIE (sexual orientation and/or gender identity and expression). 

From the CDC: LGBTQ+ Youth Resources

This page provides numerous resources for youth and their friends/supporters. You'll also find links for educators and school administrators, and for parents, guardians and family members. Click here.

From SAMHSA: Behavioral Health Equity for the LGBTQ+ Community

Helping Families Support Their Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Children

Supporting Trans Youth

Mental Health and LGBTQI+ Resources for Kids and Families

The 2019 National School Climate Survey

The Trevor Project’s: Its mission is to end suicide among LGBTQ young people


From Safe Project: Substance Use Disorder in the LGBTQ+ Community

Why is substance use disorder higher in the LGBTQ+ community?