Leah Crask Ellis

Connect, Accept, Respond, Empower (CARE): How to Support LGBTQ Youth

Leah Crask-Ellis, MS, LPC, NCC, CCDP-D

Leah is a trained Trevor Project CARE Workshop presenter and QPR presenter and has presented in the past on Mental Health in the Workplace and Suicide Prevention among LGBT individuals, Managing Suicidal Ideations in the Co-occurring Client, and the Trevor Project CARE Workshop. She serves on the Board of Directors for Rainbow Café, a LGBT youth drop-in center in rural Southern Illinois. Leah attended graduate school in Human Sexuality Studies and Women and Gender studies with an emphasis on sexual identity issues and mental health before going into counseling. She holds a passion in the area of diversity awareness in suicide prevention and has a desire to increase knowledge around mental health and LGBT issues.


This interactive workshop will provide an overview of suicide among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) youth and different environmental stressors that contribute to their heightened risk for suicide. The first half of the workshop will focus on what research states regarding reducing the risk of suicide and promoting resiliency. After reviewing current research, there will be an emphasis on best practices and practical steps that services providers, educators, and others can take to promote a positive environment for all youth.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the services offered by The Trevor Project and how to access them.
  • Discuss the challenges facing LGBTQ youth in their home, school, and other environments and explain how to create supportive environments for all youth that promote resiliency and decrease the risk for suicide.
  • Explain the risk factors and warning signs of suicide and describe how to respond to a youth who is at risk for suicide and connect them with appropriate resources.

Crask-Ellis-CARE Training 2017 MO SP Conference