Suicide and Suicide Risk in LGBTQ+ Youth

April 3, 2020 @ 9:30 am – 12:45 pm
Saint Michael Parish
90 Concord Road

Despite elevated risk of suicide and suicidal behaviors in LGBTQ+ youth, many helpers in the mental health, school, and health communities do not have the training and knowledge to support these youth and their families. This in-person workshop by the Greater Boston PFLAG will focus on LGBTQ+ youth issues and why this population is at higher risk. This in-person workshop will provide context about what LGBTQ+ youth are facing as well as define terms such as gender identity, sexual orientation, and gender expression.

A highlight of the presentation will be a panel from the LGBTQ+ community and parents who will share their stories.

Participants will be able to:
1. Describe three risk factors and three protective factors in suicide prevention for LGBTQ+ youth.
2. Summarize current research in suicide and suicidal behaviors across the LGBTQ+ lifespan.
3. Explain the difference between gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation and sex assigned at birth.
4. List two strategies for making their clinical work more supportive for LGBTQ+ youth.