HOW TO HELP YOUR LGBTQ TEEN
DON’T IGNORE IT
If you suspect that your child may be gay, bisexual or transgender, don’t ignore it. Sometimes parents and family members try to avoid the conversation, because talking about it can often cause discomfort. Sweeping the issue under the rug will only cause more confusion and pain in the long-run. Keep the lines of communication open with your teen, express your feelings and gently remind them that you are always there for them, in the event they want to talk.
DON’T LOOK FOR A “REASON”
HELP THEM TELL OTHERS
TALK ABOUT SAFE SEX
It’s important to discuss safe sex with ANY pre-teen or teen, but it may be necessary to also have the “safer sex” talk with your LGBTQ teen. Studies show that sexually transmitted disease transmission rates are actually higher for LGBTQ teens than that of non LGBTQ teens. Keep the discussion open and honest. Let your teen know just how important it is to respect their body and protect themselves (and their partners) with safe sex practices.
DON’T BE AFRAID TO SEEK PROFESSIONAL HELP
Gay & transgender youth have higher rates of depression and anxiety – and may struggle with feelings of isolation and alienation from classmates and from peers. It is extremely important that you seek the help of dedicated professionals if you feel your child is dealing with depression or other serious mental health conditions. Our experienced staff of adolescent mental health experts are skilled in treating LGBTQ teens and can help your child navigate the dangerous waters of depression, anxiety, and other mental disorders. Our goal is to help adolescents process their feelings in healthy and constructive ways, giving them specialized tools for a solid foundation moving forward.
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