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About This Event

According to the latest Center for Disease Control Youth Risk Behavior Survey, youth who are part of the LGBTQ community are significantly more at risk for struggles with mental health, addiction, homelessness and suicide. 

Youth-serving professionals and other adults have a unique opportunity to help alleviate these disparities by creating safe, affirming environments for all youth. According to The Trevor Project’s 2019 National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health, LGBTQ youth who report having at least one accepting adult were 40% less likely to report a suicide attempt.  

This presentation aims to increase understanding of, and ability to provide support to, the diverse LGBTQ+ youth in our community. You will: 

  • gain knowledge of terminology and issues specific to LGBTQ+ youth; 
  • learn to strengthen the use of empathy and understanding when working with LGBTQ+ youth and their families; and 
  • Increase your ability to support LGBTQ+ youth and their well-being in our community. 


  • Katie Garner, MSW, LSW

    Outpatient Therapist – Southwestern Behavioral Healthcare

    Katie has been working with children and families in the Evansville area for the past 7 years in a number of different capacities. After receiving her Master of Social Work degree in 2018, she began providing therapy to children and families through Southwestern Behavioral Healthcare. Katie soon discovered her passion in therapy was working with LGBTQ+ youth and increasing the amount of support they receive from their families, schools, and communities.