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Raising Joy Podcast: How to Support LGBTQ+ Youth with Frank Sloan, M.D.

Listen to Episode 18 of the Raising Joy podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Google Podcasts. The podcast is part of the JOY Campaign, which launched in April 2021 as a suicide prevention communication initiative, and aims to reach parents through honest conversations about the mental wellbeing of children and teens.

LGBTQ youth are more than four times as likely to attempt suicide than their peers, according to the Trevor Project. At Cook Children’s, an estimated 40% of patients admitted for mental health concerns identify as a member of the LGBTQ community.

In this episode of Raising Joy, we talk to Frank Sloan, M.D., a pediatrician with Cook Children’s Urgent Care. Dr. Sloan is also a faculty fellow for LGBTQ Health and Wellness at Texas Christian University (TCU) School of Medicine.

Dr. Sloan provides insight into the unique challenges LGBTQ youth face with their mental health, as well as in health care in general. He also helps us understand how we can better support LGBTQ youth as parents and professionals.

Raising Joy is part of Cook Children’s Health Care System’s Joy Campaign, a communications initiative aimed at preventing youth suicides. For more information about the Joy Campaign, visit

New episodes of the Raising Joy podcast will be available each Tuesday. It is currently available on all major streaming platforms including Apple, Spotify and Google Podcasts.


About Cook Children's

Cook Children’s Health Care System embraces an inspiring Promise – to improve the health of every child through the prevention and treatment of illness, disease and injury. Based in Fort Worth, Texas, we’re proud of our long and rich tradition of serving our community. Our not-for-profit organization is comprised of nine companies, including our Medical Center, Physician Network, Home Health company, Northeast Hospital, Pediatric Surgery Center, Health Plan, Health Services Inc., Child Study Center and Health Foundation. With more than 60 primary, specialty and urgent care locations throughout Texas, families can access our top-ranked specialty programs and network of services to meet the unique needs of their child. For 100 years, we’ve worked to improve the health of children from across our primary service area of Denton, Hood, Johnson, Parker, Tarrant and Wise counties. We combine the art of caring with leading technology and extraordinary collaboration to provide exceptional care for every child. This has earned Cook Children’s a strong, far-reaching reputation with patients traveling from around the country and the globe to receive life-saving pediatric care. For more information, visit