DOVER, Del. — Organizations in Delaware are joining to implement intervention services in schools there in the wake of a National School Climate survey reporting that as many as 64 percent of LGBT youth are likely to suffer from depression, suicide attempts and substance abuse, the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
The Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth and their Families in conjunction with Delaware Guidance Services for Children and Youth formed an informal task force two months ago to combat the problems LGBT youth face from their peers and society, the article said.
“We want to promote awareness in a non-threatening way. You can’t deny the facts, and the data that show our youth are struggling,” Yolanda Jenkins, an administrator at the Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth and their Families, was quoted as having said.
The department and Delaware Guidance Services provide similar services in regard to suicide prevention so it was a natural fit for the two to work together on the initiative started by the state, the News-Democrat reports.