Despite growing social acceptance, many young people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender experience harassment and bullying, family rejection, and social stigmatization--putting them at high risk for depression and other mental health challenges. How should the mental health community best respond? Answers can be found in this book, which provides a road map to practices, interventions, and policies that will make a positive difference for LGBT youth and their families. Offering clear and practical information not available in any other volume, this book gives readers the research-based knowledge and recommended practices they need to work toward a stronger system of care and services and supports for LGBT youth and their families. Mental health administrators, policy makers, program developers, and school psychologists willdiscover 10 guiding principles of knowledgeable, sensitive, and responsive systems of care for LGBT youth deepen their understanding of the development and expression of sexual identityprovide culturally and linguistically responsive services and supports (includes a helpful self-assessment checklist) develop interventions that foster resilience, increase assets and strengths, and mitigate risk factorsreduce the incidence of suicide-related and self-harming behavioraddress the needs of LGBT youth who are homelessinvolve young people and families in the planning and implementation of services and supports successfully blend formal mental health services and natural supportsprovide effective support for LGBT youth and their families in schools and out-of-home care settingsuse social marketing as a tool to reduce discrimination and promote social inclusionThis book equips readers with the very latest research findings, specific practice and policy recommendations, and reliable Internet resources to help professionals support young people who are LGBT and their families as they achieve positive mental health and become increasingly resilient. With this urgently needed guide to evidence-based, family-driven, youth-guided, and culturally and linguistically competent practices and policies, mental health and other professionals will advance systems of care that improve outcomes for LGBT youth and their families. Learn more about the Systems of Care for Children's Mental Health series.
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