All of us experience ups and downs and often our own resilience, family, and friends are enough to get us through. However, significant distress may not resolve on its own, and professional psychosocial support may be important for keeping your child safe. If your child is very anxious or depressed, harming themselves, or considering suicide, please help them access professional mental health support. If they ask to see a counsellor for things such as working through their gender exploration, navigating peer relationships, deciding about possible medical interventions, or dealing with social stigma, help them find a provider who is a good fit for them. Health care professionals can also assist by providing documentation related to support plans at school and in the community.
Psychosocial support may be provided by many different professionals, including counsellors, social workers, psychologists, and psychiatrists.
Professional support may also be helpful if you, or another family member, are feeling distressed. Siblings may need support dealing with changes in the family, especially if they are feeling that their trans sibling is the focus of everyone's attention.
Parents may not always be in agreement about parenting decisions, and counselling can help bring them together so they can better support their child. You may be feeling overwhelmed – juggling the needs of your kids and partner, along with work and advocacy, all while learning what it means to parent a gender creative child or trans youth. Counselling can be a way to take care of yourself so you are ready to support others.