The proposed rules for treating young Floridians with gender dysphoria have created uncertainty for transgender and gender-diverse children and adolescents, their families, and Florida’s pediatricians. The Chapter’s position on the provision of gender-affirming care for children and adolescents remains unchanged: Appropriate, evidence-based gender-affirming care can be lifesaving and can significantly improve mental health. We remain committed to advocating for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults to have access to quality, evidence-based health care and resources.
Uncertainty can cause or exacerbate stress, depression, and anxiety. Youth, families, health care providers, and others navigating mental health challenges can find a wide range of pediatrician-approved mental health resources, community assistance programs, and conversation starters on this website.
If you or someone you know is having difficult thoughts, immediate help is available at the national 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline by dialing or texting 988. You also can connect with a counselor via web chat at 988lifeline.org/chat. The Suicide & Crisis Lifeline offers specialized support for LGBTQ+ people under the age of 25.