Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth have unique concerns in terms of their mental health. Parents, providers and community members are invited to a panel discussion focused on LGBT Youth Mental Health, in honor of National LGBT Health Awareness Week. Hosted by Fiesta Youth.
Panelists will cover topics related to LGBT mental health and answer questions from parents and attendees.
Darrell Garcia Parsons, LCSW
Ana Alicia Perez, LMSW
Light refreshments will be available. RSVPing is highly advised, as space is limited. Mark yourself as "GOING" if you intend on attending. FREE and open to the public.
UNIFY counseling staff will also be available to provide free, rapid sexual health counseling and HIV testing before, during and after the panel discussion. Need sexual health supplies for your children? We have free kits with instructions on how to use everything!
DID YOU KNOW?
•LGBT youth are 4 times more likely to attempt suicide, experience suicidal thoughts, and engage in self-harm, as compared to youths that are straight.
ARE YOU A PARENT OF A LGBT CHILD?
Positive parenting practices, such as having honest and open conversations, can help reduce teen health risk behaviors. How parents engage with their LGB teen can have a tremendous impact on their adolescent’s current and future mental and physical health. Supportive and accepting parents can help youth cope with the challenges of being an LGB teen. On the other hand, unsupportive parents who react negatively to learning that their daughter or son is LGB can make it harder for their teen to thrive. Parental rejection has been linked to depression, use of drugs and alcohol, and risky sexual behavior among teens. (CDC, 2017)
ARE YOU A PROVIDER WORKING WITH LGBT YOUTH?
Multiple studies have shown that LGBT people are unlikely to fully disclose the severity of their mental health problems to medical professionals they do not perceive to be LGBT-friendly. In fact, the possibility of being discriminated against or misunderstood is enough to deter many LGBT youth and adults from seeking treatment for their mental health concerns in the first place. (Center for American Progress, 2010)