how mental health conditions affect the lgbtq community

While there have been great strides in the last 30 years, there are still many challenges that face LGBTQ people.  LGBTQ individuals are almost 3 times more likely than others to experience a mental health condition such as major depression or generalized anxiety disorder. A fear of coming out and being discriminated against for sexual orientation and gender identities can lead to depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, thoughts of suicide and substance abuse.  LGBTQ people must confront stigma and prejudice based on their sexual orientation or gender identity while also dealing with the societal bias against mental health conditions.   

LGBTQ youth are particularly vulnerable and can face fear, hatred and prejudice in school, with friends, in the community and at home, which can lead to higher risks of self-harm and thoughts of suicide. LGBTQ teens are six times more likely to experience symptoms of depression than the general population. Additionally, LGBTQ youth struggle in coming out to family members, friends, classmates and teachers, especially those that are not accepting of the LGBTQ community.  

Early intervention, comprehensive treatment and family support are the key to helping on the road to recovery from a mental health condition.

You may feel hesitant to access care but it is important to seek help from a mental health care provider that takes into account your personal experiences and how they affect your mental health.

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