Mental Health

From Suicidality to Vitality: Suicide Intervention and Prevention for Trans and Gender-Expansive Youth

Jen Bailey

Jen Bailey

'Talk With Us' Psychological Services

Workshop Session #2

9AM - 10AM -

Session Overview

Suicidality among trans and gender-expansive youth is a major area of concern for providers, families, and community members. Statistically, rates of suicide and attempted suicide for these youth are much higher than those of the general population. Drawing from decades of experience working with high-risk LGBTQ+ youth in outpatient and inpatient settings, we will discuss the factors that contribute to these increased rates of suicide, protective factors that can be nurtured by individuals in both formal and informal support systems, and effective therapeutic interventions to decrease risk and increase fulfilling engagement with life.


Dr. Jen Bailey has over 18 years of experience providing community support and counseling to youth, adults, and families in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. They are the founder and clinical supervisor of 'Talk With Us' Psychological Services, a practice in Camarillo, CA that specializes in providing evidence-based therapies for transgender and gender-expansive youth and adults, as well as lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, and asexual individuals. They have specific training and experience providing evidence-based treatment to clients who experience suicidal ideation, have attempted suicide, or are at high risk for suicide. A major component of their work involves interfacing with families of youth and young adults and increasing their knowledge and acceptance of gender and sexual orientation diversity, as well as educating the public at large about how to better support LGBTQ+ youth.