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A Mental Health Emergency: COVID-19 and the Rising Mental Health Concerns Facing Philadelphia’s Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual High School Students
October 2, 2020
Stoneleigh Emerging Leader Fellow Cameron McConkey authored a graphical report examining the rising mental health concerns facing Philadelphia’s lesbian, gay, and bisexual high school students.
COVID-19 is greatly affecting the educational experiences of all students and families. For LGBTQ+ students, social isolation from affirming peers; increased time spent at home with unsupportive caregivers; and less direct, in-person exposure to teachers, school counselors, and staff who are trained in suicide prevention are all causes for concern. Unfortunately, recent data point to a mental health emergency that is already well beyond a tipping point.
Cameron McConkey, MPH Emerging Leader Fellow