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Resources: Youth and Mental Health Inequities

LGBTQ Youth and Mental Health

The Trevor Project 2022 National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health

This report provides critical insights into some of the unique suicide risk factors faced by diverse LGBTQ youth, top barriers to mental health care, and the negative impacts of COVID-19 and relentless anti-transgender legislation. It also highlights several ways in which we can all support the LGBTQ young people in our lives. The Trevor Project.

Gender-affirming Care: What It Is and Why It's Necessary

This article provides background on the basic needs of transgender and nonbinary children and clarifies what gender-affirming care is and is not. Learning for Justice.

Bisexual Youth Experience

Using national data from the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, this research brief focuses on understanding mental health and victimization associated with bisexual youth. The Trevor Project.

Mental Health in Black, Indigenous, and Other Youth of Color

Mental Health of Black Girls

This fact sheet briefly discusses the impact of racism and sexism, including the over-representation of Black girls in the juvenile justice system, on Black girls' mental health. It also provides examples of organizations that foster healing and justice. National Black Women's Justice Institute.

Ring the Alarm: The Crisis of Black Youth Suicide in America

This 2020 report presents research on increasing rates of suicide among Black children and adolescents. It also provides recommendations and resources. Congressional Black Caucus.

Saving Young Black Lives: Reversing Suicide Trends

This eight-part podcast series explores the crisis of Black youth suicide. Survivors, family members, researchers, and behavioral health professionals discuss their experiences, research, policies, and practices and offer recommendations to address this issue. Central East Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network.

Youth-Centered Strategies for Hope, Healing and Health

This 2022 report sets forth actionable solutions that policymakers at the federal, state, and local levels can implement to build a culturally-responsive and gender-affirming mental health care system for all youth, especially youth of color. The Children's Partnership and National Black Women's Justice Institute.

Engaging Native American Youth at Risk of Suicide

The oppression of American Indians and Alaska Natives and the resulting intergenerational trauma and adverse childhood experiences have contributed to disproportionately high rates of depression, other mental illness, and suicide among Tribal youth. Here, the Child Welfare Information Gateway links to resources on mental health among Native American youth. Children's Bureau, HHS.

Culturally-Responsive Approaches to Serve Latin American Children who Experience Traumatic Separation

This 2020 webinar explores trauma-informed, culturally-responsive strategies for serving separated children who have migrated to the U.S. from countries in Latin America. Registration required. National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

The Traumatic Impact of Racism and Discrimination on Young People and How to Talk About It

This chapter of Reaching Teens describes the pervasive negative effects of racism on youth development, as well as on their health and well-being, and the toll it exacts on families and communities who have been racially marginalized. American Academy of Pediatrics.

Mental Health Help Lines

988: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Launched in July 2022, 988 is the number to call to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, a network of over 200 locally operated crisis centers.

The Trevor Project

This helpline is especially for LGBTQ young people. Chat, call, or text a crisis counselor 24/7.

Love Is Respect

Call, chat, or text about relationship issues and abuse.

Additional Resource Collections

Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network (MHTTC): Products & Resources Catalog

A keyword search for "Adolescents/Youth" brings you to a library of relevant guides, presentations, and newsletters. Note that School Health is a particular focus. MHTTC and SAMHSA.

In My Mind Conference: Mental Health Resource List

The In My Mind Conference is about, for, and by LGBTQ+ peoples of color. The mental health resource list includes organizations that provide services to teens. In My Mind.

Resources for Helping Youth Cope after a Mass Shooting

In response to 2022 mass shootings, the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs compiled a list of resources to help youth, families, educators, and community members cope with and talk about community trauma, as well as provide psychological first aid.