Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth & Loved Ones – Podcast

By Jason Clayden on June 1, 2024

In this special Pride Month episode of “Convos from the Couch,” host Nicholette Leanza (she/her) sits down with Denise Goff (she/her), a licensed clinical professional counselor and co-chair of LifeStance Illinois’s DEI committee. Together, they delve into the profound impact of family acceptance and rejection on the mental health of LGBTQ+ individuals.

Join us as Denise shares eye-opening statistics, shedding light on the challenges LGBTQ+ youth face when met with family rejection. From increased rates of depression and substance abuse to the devastating reality of homelessness and suicidal ideation, Denise paints a poignant picture of the struggles and resilience within the LGBTQ+ community.

The conversation also explores practical coping strategies, the crucial role of mental health professionals, and ways families can become supportive allies. With a focus on creating safe and inclusive environments, both in therapy and at home, this episode offers valuable insights for anyone looking to support LGBTQ+ loved ones.

Tune in to understand the critical importance of acceptance and how we can all contribute to a more inclusive and compassionate world. Happy Pride!