Reducing youth suicide in the U.S. is a national public health priority, and LGBTQ youth are at an especially elevated risk. A safe and supportive school environment is pivotal to preventing youth suicide, second only to a safe and supportive home in importance for preventing suicide and other risk behaviors. Schools are now widely accepted as part of the de facto mental healthcare infrastructure for adolescents and are a central point of intervention for improving mental health outcomes.
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- Transgender Law Center
The Transgender Law Center is the largest national trans-led organization advocating self-determination for all people, and has a wide range of resources available for trans youth. https://transgenderlawcenter.org/resources/youth
- Gender Spectrum
The Gender Spectrum works to create gender sensitive and inclusive environments for all children and teens. They offer a variety of educational materials and training opportunities for schools, organizations, and families. https://genderspectrum.org
The Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico (TGRCNM) provides support, community, and connection to transgender, gender nonconforming, nonbinary, and gender variant people and their families through advocacy, education, and direct services. https://tgrcnm.org/
Learn about and request training: https://tgrcnm.org/training
The New Mexico Genders and Sexualities Alliance (NMGSA) Network serves and empowers LGBTQ+ and allied youth, ages 13-24, to create safer, more inclusive and welcoming schools while also building stronger, more resilient young leaders and activists. https://themountaincenter.org/programs/nmgsa/
The Responsible Sex Education Institute’s (RSEI) Mission: “To be the trusted sex education resource that empowers individuals of all ages, backgrounds, and communities with inclusive, up-to-date, and culturally relevant information and skills to foster healthy relationships, safer sex, and linkages to care.” https://responsiblesexedinstitute.org/
GLSEN’s mission is “to create safe and affirming schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.” This is a great resource on an array of topics regarding supporting students in educational settings. https://www.glsen.org/ Albuquerque GLSEN is a great local group. More info is available on their website (https://www.glsen.org/chapter/albuquerque) and you can contact them via email (Albuquerque@chapters.GLSEN.org).
- The Respect Workshop
The American Psychological Association developed the Respect Workshop for professional development. The workshop is divided into four sections: Foundations, Helping Individual LGBTQ Students, School-Wide Protective Practices, and Action Planning. The online module is FREE and available here: https://www.apa.org/pi/lgbt/programs/safe-supportive/training/respect-workshop
- The Trevor Project
Founded in 1998, the Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ young people ages 13-24. https://www.thetrevorproject.org/
Stopbullying.gov is maintained by the US Department of Health and Human Services to help everyone learn what they can do to prevent bullying. https://www.stopbullying.gov/
- Advocates for Youth
Advocates for Youth partners with youth leaders, adult allies, and youth-serving organizations to advocate for policies and champion programs that recognize young people’s rights to honest sexual health information; accessible, confidential, and affordable sexual health services; and the resources and opportunities necessary to create sexual health equity for all youth. https://advocatesforyouth.org/