Parents should have honest conversations with their teens about sex and how to avoid risky behaviors and unsafe situations. To receive email updates about this page, enter your email address: Provide support. Schools can implement evidence-based policies, procedures, and activities designed to promote a healthy environment for all youth, including LGB students. There are the laws like the one passed in Tennessee last spring authorizing mental health providers to refuse serve people if they feel providing assistance would go against their religious belief system. Inclusive anti-bullying policies reduce suicide attempts in lesbian and gay youth.
Suddenly, it becomes very obvious what concrete steps a concerned superintendent can take to protect their queer students.
For decades, while homosexuality was on the books as a mental disorder, the US turned a blind eye to the actual mental and physical health needs of LGBT people, while continuing to pathologize them—homophobia was basically enshrined in the medical literature. CDC is not responsible for Section compliance accessibility on other federal or private website. That, Cahill says, represents a major shift in the way the federal government thinks about patients; up until this point, asking patients questions about their race and age were assumed to be critical for understanding health needs of a patient, but gender and sexuality?
Supportive reactions can help adolescents cope and thrive.