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Mental Health in the LGBTQ+ Community

"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment." — Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist, and philosopher

The Relationship Between the LGBTQ Community and Poor Mental Health

Dealing with everything from discrimination to violence, members of the LGBTQ+ community tend to experience higher rates of suicide than the general population.

As stated by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, LGBTQ+ youth are more than twice as likely to feel suicidal and are over four times as likely to physically attempt suicide.

Stigma has shown to drive higher rates of mental health issues in LGBTQ+ communities. Among adults suffering from mental illness, 13 percent of those in the LGBTQ+ experience symptoms that substantially interfere with everyday life, compared to just 4 percent of the heterosexual individuals living with mental illness.

A 2014 study showed how detrimental this stigma can be, as LGBTQ+ individuals living in prejudice communities actually have a shorter life expectancy of 12 years on average, compared to peers in low-stigma communities.

Seeking Mental Health Support Is Both Brave and Life-Changing

Whether you suffer from depression, anxiety, PTSD, or any other mental health condition that currently impacts your quality of life, it is critical that you seek support.

Regardless of your current mental health, it has been reported that chronic stress deteriorates the hippocampus — the area of the brain that regulates learning, emotion, motivation, and memory.

When you seek mental health treatment and support, you can benefit in the following ways:

How to Begin Your Journey Towards Positive Mental Health

Being someone in the LGBTQ+ community, you currently face a double stigma. However, the more we speak about these stigmas and seek help, the more rapidly these stigmas will be lifted.

Each brave individual is part of something much greater, which is why you should seek support for yourself, as well as those living in a similar situation as you.

Depending on your circumstances, you may wish to seek individual and/or group counseling, complementary therapies (i.e. yoga and meditation), cognitive behavioral therapy, family therapy, nutrition therapy, etc.

When seeking therapy, be sure to find a certified, trained therapist or psychologist. If you are specifically within the New York City SoHo or Grand Central Area, contact Thriving Mind Psychology to discuss the wide array of services offered.

There are also a number of incredible resources available online, including but not limited to:

 

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