8 Ways Parents Can Emotionally Support Their LGBTQ+ Kids

For sexual and gender minority teens and youth, rates of anxiety, depression, and suicide are…

For sexual and gender minority teens and youth, rates of anxiety, depression, and suicide are alarmingly high. What’s often left out of the conversation, experts say, is the potential for parents and guardians to set the stage for better outcomes.

The home environment has become especially important since the onset of COVID-19, according to research by the Trevor Project, the world’s largest crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ+ young people.

In their 2021 survey of more than 34,700 teens and young adults from across the United States, 42 percent of teens and young adults ages 13 to 24 who identified with a sexual orientation other than straight/heterosexual or a gender identity other than cisgender said that they had considered suicide in the past year.

Sixty-two percent reported symptoms of depression, and 72 percent reported symptoms of anxiety. And 80 percent reported that COVID-19 had made their living situation more stressful; only 1 in 3 reported that their home was LGBTQ-affirming.

https://www.everydayhealth.com/emotional-health/ways-parents-can-help-lgbtq-youth-take-care-of-their-mental-health/