Religion and spirituality can have positive or negative impacts for the mental health and
spiritual development of LGBTQ+ young people. How can research findings inform good practice in the
work of churches and schools? Watch this video by Dr. Emily Helder, a psychologist who pays close
attention to the intersection of religion and spirituality with mental health, and her student, Ellen Jones.
They review the relevant research and reflect on key questions that have practical applications for
creating safe spaces in churches and schools. In particular, the findings on the negative impacts of dual
messages and creating positive conditions that allow young people to integrate their spiritual and sexual
identities provide helpful guidance. This video adds depth and helpful language for discussions about