Certain laws create barriers for youth who want to access safe mental health care. Some of these, including age restrictions, parental permission requirements and lack of “doctor-patient confidentiality” can be significant obstacles for LGBTQ youth seeking mental health services. In some cases, these restricting laws can actually endanger LGBTQ youth who are dealing with sensitive issues of coming out, relationship issues, rejection or even abuse.
The Trevor Project works to protect LGBTQ youth from counterproductive policies like these, and we aim to hold mental health professionals accountable to standards of LGBTQ competency. Trevor also works to defend recent advancements in mental health parity and access.