How to support the LGBTQ youth

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Young people do best in affirming, supportive environments, and just like all of us, deserve to feel safe and loved.

Unfortunately, some youth, especially those belonging to the LGBTQ community, aren’t getting enough support from their families and communities and will likely struggle with thoughts of suicide.

How do we help? According to the Centers For Disease Control, these youth need to feel socially, emotionally, and physically safe and supported. Many organizations are doing their part to help educate the community on how to provide this support.

For example, the Utah Suicide Prevention Coalition provides an interactive training program to help professions and individuals recognized increased risks for LGBTQ youth. For more information visit lgbtqyouth.org or email rachelpetersonms@gmail.com.

The Utah Pride Center also provides a space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer youth to find resources, feel comfortable and safe, and make new friends. More information on that here.

Another resource offered by the Utah Pride Center is an 8-week course for survivors of suicide. These courses are for youth and adults (separated by age)  who identify as LGBTQ. The purpose is for these individuals to connect with each other and find hope within the group. Its goal is to be a space for healing survivors. 

Remember you are not alone. There is 24/7 support available. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-825. If you or someone else is in immediate danger or in an emergency, call 911.

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