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Aired May 20, 2021

Helping Those Who Feel Depressed and Helpless

Looking for ways to keep the conversation going about LGBTQ+ issues with your ERG, community group, or PFLAG chapter? Welcome to Something to Talk About, a series designed by PFLAG National’s Straight for Equality program to create conversation about LGBTQ+ issues. Each week we’ll offer an article on LGBTQ+ topics and suggest a few questions you can use to lead a discussion.

We hosted a conversation about this article as a part of PFLAG Connects and Something to Talk About Live on Thursday, May 20. Did you miss it? You can still watch it here!

Have feedback about how your conversation went? Let us know by emailing [email protected].

Article: 51% of young Americans say they feel down, depressed or hopeless—here’s how advocates are trying to help

Source: CNBC

Author: Abigail Johnson Hess

Questions for Discussion:

  1. The research highlighted in this article does not include specific data about the experiences of LGBTQ+ young people. In your professional experience – why do you think that is the case? In your opinion, is it a problem that, that type of data is not being collected?

  2. What resources would you recommend to a young person experiencing anxiety, depression, self-harm and/or suicidal ideation? Do you have any specific recommendations for already marginalized young people who are struggling with their mental health?

  3. May 20 is Mental Health Action Day. In addition to self-care, what actions can we all take to improve the policies, programs, and services designed to support those struggling with their mental health?

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