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Although we’ve come a long way, society still holds many prejudices and misconceptions about the LGBTQIA+ community. This often leads to negative reactions and mistreatment, generating intense emotional distress and adversely impacting the mental health of LGBTQIA+ youth. In fact, according to research, LGBTQIA+ kids and teens are at higher risk for mental health disorders than their non-LGBTQIA+ peers because of these additional, unique stressors.

Many LGBTQIA+ youth fear coming out or being outed, or have experienced rejection, mistreatment, bullying, or harassment because of their identity. These experiences can leave them feeling angry, scared, worried, sad, or alone.

At these times, it’s helpful for us to remind ourselves, or our LGBTQIA+ friends, that we’re not alone. We’re all part of a larger, caring community—one that offers resources and help.

The Child Mind Institute | Project UROK and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation have developed a guide offering tips to help LGBTQIA+ youth to protect and strengthen their mental health.

Click here to download the guide.