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A recent survey found that nationally, 57 percent of teen girls and 29 percent of teen boys had persistent feelings of sadness and suicidal thoughts.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently released their annual Youth Risk Behavior Survey, which also found that youth who identify as LGBTQ+ were three times more likely to experience suicidal thoughts than their counterparts.

Even with this alarming statistic, Republicans have continued to attack these children by introducing a record number of anti-LGBTQ bills that make them feel unwelcome in this state. Dr. Katie Imborek, co-director of the University of Iowa LGBTQ+ Clinic, testified before the House Oversight Committee on Thursday. She said that her patients are following this hurtful legislation and it is already having a chilling effect on their mental health.

According to the CDC, the best way to combat this trend is with early intervention. However, Republican leaders have underfunded a comprehensive mental health system in Iowa, so many teens have little or no access to care.

For Iowans or families looking for help, The Your Life Iowa provides parents and their children with a tool kit on how to spot changes in mental health and how to get help. This website allows Iowans to text or call a support line or live chat with a qualified individual who will help during the crisis


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