Are You Looking for Support? You're Not Alone
Being part of the LGBTQ+ community can be a source of strength and encouragement, but it also comes with unique challenges. According to NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Health), recent research shows that members of this community face a greater risk of mental health concerns (particularly depression and anxiety). Lesbian, gay, and bisexual adults have double the likelihood of heterosexual adults of experiencing a mental health condition. Transgender individuals have almost four times the likelihood as cisgender persons of experiencing a mental health condition.
Many who identify as LGBTQ+ experience discrimination, prejudice, denial of civil and human rights, harassment and family rejection. These adverse social conditions can contribute to new or worsened mental health symptoms, especially if compounded by intersecting marginalized identities.
Find a Therapist Who Understands You
A professional who specializes in the LGBTQ+ community gets it. They know the issues you’re dealing with and are equipped to support your mental health. With the community facing mental health risk factors such as coming out, trauma, rejection, substance abuse, homelessness, suicide, and inadequate mental health care, finding the right professional can lead to better outcomes, recovery, and healing.
Start your search today! When you find therapists that resonate with you, reach out for an initial consultation to discuss your mental health concerns and goals. Initial consultations are a quick and cost-free approach, especially helpful when searching for a therapist that understands your community. Remember, you don’t need to be in a crisis to get help.
If you or a loved one are having thoughts of suicide, you can always call 911 and go to your local emergency room. You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.