For Educators

The mission of the Michigan Project for Informed Public Policy is to use science-based research to educate state and local public policy makers, health care professionals, and the general public about the mental health impact of discrimination on those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT), their families, and allies in order to impact public policy decisions. MPIPP does not lobby and does not support or oppose specific legislation; our goal is to assist policymakers in making data-driven decisions.

MPIPP offers educational programs free-of-charge to many local school districts and to state-wide gatherings of educational professionals, school board members, parents.

MPIPP FACT SHEETS

MPIPP has developed these fact sheets on the mental health impact of bullying on young people as well as what parents can do if their child is being bullied.  MPIPP fact sheets generally contain key points of representative research that is cited on the second page. 

 

HELPFUL RESOURCES & ORGANIZATIONS

This list of resources and organizations (in no particular order) is designed to enable our website readers to find other information on the topic being described. Many of the organizations listed here also have resource guides and information available on this topic. MPIPP does not recommend nor endorse organizations by providing helpful links nor can we list programs or projects of political parties.  If you are aware of other resources and links that are non-partisan and appropriate, please use the “contact us” page to send the link for consideration.

  • MENTAL HEALTH AMERICA (formerly known as the National Mental Health Association): While trying to deal with all the challenges of being a teenager, gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender (GLBT) teens additionally have to deal with harassment, threats and violence directed at them on a daily basis. FACT SHEET: “Bullying in Schools: Harassment Puts Gay Youth at Risk”: Available online at: http://www.nmha.org/index.cfm?objectid=CA866DCF-1372-4D20-C8EB26EEB30B9982
  • FindYouthInfo.gov    This federal government website offers information on many topics related to young people who are LGBTQ as well as those who are not and includes other information such as mental health, bullying, and preventing youth violence.   To review the range of topics available, go to: http://findyouthinfo.gov/youth-topics/lgbtq-youth
  • Tribal Equality Toolkit: Tribal Resolutions and Codes to Support Two-Spirit and LGBT Justice in Indian Country.  This booklet offers a description of the historical honoring of Native American two-spirit people, provides information on the impact of discrimination, provides a background for policy decisions and offers language for tribal resolutions on equality.  Available for download at: https://graduate.lclark.edu/live/files/12737-tribal-equity-toolkit

 

BULLYING

Bullying is aggressive behavior that is intentional and involves an imbalance of power or strength. Often, it is repeated over time. Children and youth who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT), or are perceived to be so, can face unrelenting teasing and bullying by their peers. Bullying can range from derogatory comments to physical assaults. Significant research shows that some of those who experience bullying behavior by others have long-term effects, such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

  • Stop Bullying Now: This website, developed by the Health Resources and Services Administration in the federal government, has tip sheets for various audiences (parents, students, school personnel, law enforcement, mental health advisors and student advisors). The tip sheets reference mental health research specifically for LGBTQ students. www.stopbullying.gov
  • SAFE SCHOOLS COALITION: This national organization has numerous resources available for school administrators, parents and young people. Go to the web page listed and click on the topic you are interested in for more information and .pdf downloads. www.safeschoolscoalition.org/blackboard-topic.html
  • MENTAL HEALTH AMERICA (formerly known as the National Mental Health Association): While trying to deal with all the challenges of being a teenager, gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender (GLBT) teens additionally have to deal with harassment, threats and violence directed at them on a daily basis. FACT SHEET: “Bullying in Schools: Harassment Puts Gay Youth at Risk”  Available online at: http://www.nmha.org/index.cfm?objectid=CA866DCF-1372-4D20-C8EB26EEB30B9982
  • AMERICAN ACADEMY OF CHILD AND ADOLESCENT PSYCHIATRY Facts for Families: Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Adolescents:  Available online at:http://www.aacap.org/AACAP/Families_and_Youth/Facts_for_Families/Facts_for_Families_Pages/Gay_Lesbian_and_Bisexual_Adolescents_63.aspx

 

SUICIDE RISK AND PREVENTION FOR LGBTQ YOUTH

  • Suicide risk and prevention for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth A 2008 report from The Suicide Prevention Resource Center. Written by Center staff and reviewed by experts in sexual and gender minority issues, suicide, and suicide prevention, and by youth, this publication addresses the special concerns related to suicide prevention among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth. The paper, coauthored by Effie Malley, Marc Posner and Lloyd Potter, includes a resource appendix and an extensive bibliography.  Available online at: http://www.sprc.org/sites/sprc.org/files/library/SPRC_LGBT_Youth.pdf
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender health.  This webpage from the federal Centers for Disease Control discusses the experiences of LGBT young people with violence and suicide, the effects on education and health, and what parents and schools can do.  Available online at: http://www.cdc.gov/lgbthealth/youth.htm

 

RESOURCES FOR EDUCATORS AND SCHOOL PERSONNEL

Having a welcoming and accepting school environment is one of the most critical factors for all young people to learn.  These resources are prepared by several organizations specifically to help educators understand LGBTQI2-S students better and to meet their educational needs in ways that are not harmful to their development.

  • School Climate.  This was developed by the American Psychological Association and cites a few key points about educational development as well as supporting policies of several mental health professional national organizations.  Available online at: http://www.apa.org/pi/lgbt/programs/hlgbsp/school-climate.aspx
  • SAFE SCHOOLS COALITION: This national organization has numerous resources available for school administrators, parents and young people. Go to the web page listed and click on the topic you are interested in for more information and .pdf downloads. www.safeschoolscoalition.org/blackboard-topic.html
  • Supportive Families, Healthy Students: Developed by the Family Acceptance Project as part of their mission to decrease family rejection experienced by many LGBT students, these resources are available in English, Spanish, and Cantonese.  Available online at: http://familyproject.sfsu.edu/publications
  • LGBTQ Toolbox: Developed by the American Psychological Association, the LGBTQ Toolbox is a collection of resources and documents that supplement information provided in the school staff development workshop, “Preventing Health Risks and Promoting Healthy Outcomes among LGBTQ Youth.”  Available online at:  www.apa.org/pi/lgbt/programs/hlgbsp/toolbox.aspx
  • Inclusion And Respect:  Education Resources.  LGBT students benefit from safe, inclusive and affirming classrooms. All students do.  This webpage offers several resources for classrooms that teach the value of respect and kindness.  Available online at: http://www.glsen.org/educate/resources
  • Teaching Tolerance:  Developed by the Southern Poverty Law Center, this award-winning series of multi-media educational programs is available to any school district for free or minimal charge.  For more information, go to: http://www.splcenter.org/what-we-do/teaching-tolerance