In general, LGBTQ+ people face a number of unique challenges that can negatively affect their mental health as a result of the stigma that is attached to their community. Due to the fact that it is Pride Month this month, let us take a look at these challenges and what steps you can take to address them.
Discrimination. Compared to heterosexuals and cisgenders, LGBTQ+ people experience more discrimination. As well as verbal abuse and physical assault, housing discrimination, and employment discrimination are examples of this type of discrimination.
Family rejection. People who identify as LGBTQ+ are more likely to be rejected by their families than those who identify as heterosexual or cisgender. As a result of this rejection, people can feel isolated, lonely, and depressed.
Peer bullying. There is a higher probability of LGBTQ+ individuals being bullied by their peers than heterosexual or cisgender individuals. Those who are bullied may feel ashamed, anxious, and depressed as a result.
Self-stigma. The LGBTQ+ community may internalize negative messages regarding their identity. A feeling of worthlessness, hopelessness, and depression may result.
Access to mental health care is limited. The Trevor Project reports that 56% of LGBTQ youth are unable to get mental health care.
Anti-LGBTQ policies and legislation. It is estimated that nearly one out of three LGBTQ young people have poor mental health due to anti-LGBTQ policies and legislation most of the time or always.
These challenges result in LGBTQ+ people experiencing more mental health problems than heterosexuals or cisgenders. A few of these problems are:
Depression. It is twice as likely that LGBTQ+ people suffer from depression as heterosexual and cisgender people do.
Anxiety. The likelihood of LGBTQ+ people experiencing anxiety is twice as high as that of heterosexuals and cisgenders.
Suicidal thoughts. The number of LGBTQ young people seriously considering suicide is 41% - and the rate is higher among youth who are transgender, nonbinary, or people of color.
Substance abuse. Alcohol and drug abuse is more prevalent among LGBTQ+ people than among heterosexuals and cisgenders.
It is important to keep in mind that not all LGBTQ+ people are suffering from mental health issues. Nevertheless, it is important that LGBTQ+ people know the challenges they face and seek help when they need it.
Getting mental health support if you're LGBTQ+ is possible if you're struggling through the following resources:
The Trevor Project. Youth in LGBTQ+ communities can receive crisis intervention and suicide prevention services through The Trevor Project.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. In times of crisis, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, toll-free support.
The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender National Hotline. There is a 24/7, toll-free hotline for LGBTQ+ people named the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender National Hotline.
Your local LGBTQ+ community center. In addition to mental health counseling and support groups, your local LGBTQ+ community center might also offer educational programs.
In addition, you should remember you aren't alone. You are loved by many people and there are many people who are willing to assist you. We are here to help you if you need it.
To keep your mental health in good shape, follow these tips:
Don't be afraid to talk to someone you trust. By sharing how you are feeling with someone you trust, you can feel less alone and receive support.
Participate in your community. It is possible to feel more supported and connected to other people when you get involved in your community.
Keep your physical health in check. Getting enough sleep, exercising regularly, and eating a healthy diet can all improve your mental health.
Cope with stress in a healthy way. It is possible for stress to negatively affect your mental health. Engage in healthy stress management techniques, such as exercise and relaxation.
If necessary, seek professional help. Don't hesitate to seek professional help if you are struggling with your mental health. You can develop coping mechanisms and understand your feelings by talking to a therapist.
Your mental health can be improved and you can live a happier, healthier life if you take the above steps to improve it.