Supporting LGBTQ+ Students as they Work to Achieve Professional and Economic Mobility
COVID-19 has had an alarming impact on the mental health of college students. This has been especially true for LGBTQ+ students, with the last three years seeing a concerning rise in thoughts of suicide among LGBTQ+ youth. According to a report released earlier this summer by the Trevor Project, 45 percent of LGBTQ+ youth respondents have seriously considered attempting suicide in the past year. The increase, the Trevor Project suggests, stems from not only from the negative impact of COVID-19, but other risk factors like barriers to mental health care and a wave of new state policies affecting LGBTQ+ rights. During July 2022 alone, ten anti-gay laws went into effect, all of them relating to education.
Originally published: November 2, 2022
Author: Dick Senese
Institution: Capella University
Published by: Diverse Issues in Higher Education