How to Support Black LGBTQ Youth Mental Health
Center Black Experiences and Voices
Black lives matter, and amplifying their voices is an authentic way to share their unique experiences with the world.
Check-in with Black LGBTQ Youth
Ask the Black LGBTQ youth in your lives what their support system looks like during this time.
In some cases, you may want to explore whether they have access to therapy or professional support. You can also tell them about online peer support, like TrevorSpace.org, which can be a great way to build connectivity and community.
Use Your Platform
While it might be difficult to translate your complex thoughts and feelings, it’s okay to use your platform to speak out against racism and racial violence. Your feelings and experiences are valid and can help educate others about current events.
Take a Break From News and Social Media
While it can be great to stay informed, the world might seem like too much right now. Ask yourself how it would feel to unplug for a bit, or minimize the amount of information you’re taking in.
Black LGBTQ young people hold multiple marginalized identities. Under the minority stress model, experiences of discrimination, rejection, threats, and violence are compounded, and can lead to negative mental health outcomes.
The Trevor Project‘s crisis counselors are trained and always available to support the unique needs of Black LGBTQ young people, 24/7 and for free. For more information on how to support Black LGBTQ young people, please visit: https://www.thetrevorproject.org/2020/06/01/supporting-black-lgbtq-youth-mental-health/.
If you or someone you know is feeling hopeless or suicidal, contact The Trevor Project's TrevorLifeline 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386. Counseling is also available 24/7 via chat every day at TheTrevorProject.org/Help, or by texting START to 678-678.