Being a teenager is difficult enough. When your teenager is also questioning their gender or sexuality, that stress is compounded. LGBTQ youth are at a much higher risk of depression, thoughts of suicide, and substance abuse. They experience rejection, discrimination, and loneliness at much higher rates than their peers. 39% of LGBTQ youth seriously considered attempting suicide in the past twelve months, with more than half of transgender and non-binary youth having seriously considered suicide.
Studies have shown that social support is an extremely significant factor in the wellbeing of LGBTQ youth. They are far more likely to be open about their experiences with peers rather than adults. In group therapy, people can learn that others are experiencing some of the same struggles as them, and understand their experience.
LGBTQ Teen Group will help your teen
- Develop coping skills to help them deal with everyday stress so that they don’t make self-destructive decisions.
- Gain a sense of community knowing that there are other people that share their experiences.
- Feel heard, understood, and safe with peers that are encouraging them to be their full and best self.
- Gain confidence to explore who they are so that they can live into every piece of their identity.
- Develop the skills and ability to be more open with their safe support system outside of group.