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BHSN is pleased to announce a new group in the Glens Falls region aimed at improving mental health in LGBTQ+ Youth (ages 13-17). Designed to increase hope, promote positive coping skills, and improve peer connectedness, the new group is open to those who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community or those that are questioning their identity.

With 42% of LGBTQ youth seriously considering suicide (according to the Trevor Project’s 2021 National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health), it is more important than ever that we establish a safe and affirming space for LGBTQ+ youth to connect and learn skills to improve their mental health and well-being.

“This is a group of marginalized young people that need our support, especially in light of the difficulties presented to them by the pandemic,” says Jude Horan, LMHC & group facilitator. The Trevor Project’s survey also revealed that a whopping 70% of this group stated that their mental health was “poor” most of the time or always during COVID-19.

While statistics like this can be concerning for all, especially caregivers and families, the same report revealed how we have the power to improve the lives of LGBTQ+ youth by cultivating affirming homes and spaces. According to the Trevor Project, “Transgender and nonbinary youth who reported having pronouns respected by all the people they lived with attempted suicide at half the rate of those who did not have their pronouns respected by anyone with whom they lived. LGBTQ youth who had access to spaces that affirmed their sexual orientation and gender identity reported lower rates of attempting suicide.”

Beginning in mid-July, the group will meet weekly over the course of 8 weeks. If you are interested in attending, please connect with your BHSN counselor to request a referral. While this group is currently only open to BHSN clients, an additional group may be formed if enough interest is expressed. If you are interested in attending an LGBTQ+ group open to the public, please give us a call at 518.926.7100 and ask to leave a message with Jude.

To learn more and view all the findings of the Trevor Project survey, you can find the report here: The Trevor Project National Survey.