Supporting LGBTQ Youth in Maine

Conference: 2014 Beyond the Basics in Suicide Prevention — Broadening the View • Extending the Reach

Friday, Mar 14, 2014
Augusta Civic Center, Augusta, Maine Workshop/Presentation: A6: LGBTQ Youth: Safe and Accepted
Jeanne Dooley, MSW

LGBTQ identified youth in Maine report three times the rate of suicide attempts than their peers. Schools and community members can help address this issue through acceptance and by identifying supportive resources in their communities. Panelists from Out as I want to Be, GLSEN, EqualityMaine and the Trevor Project Youth Advisory Council, and USM Center for Sexualities and Gender Diversity will talk about how best to support LGBTQ youth in our schools and communities and identify the resources in their areas that could be most supportive to this population. Through support and acceptance we can make a difference.