Happy Pride Month! June celebrates a community of diverse identities and expressions of gender and sexual orientation. And as we recognize the impact the LGBTQ+ community has had on history and the hurdles they have jumped over to achieve equal rights and respect, it is important to address the battles with mental health, too.
Thirty-nine percent of LGBTQ+ in the United States reported living with a mental illness during 2018. LGBTQ+ people have had to face stereotypes, shame, fear, discrimination, and traumatic events, which can lead to these mental health struggles. LGB adults are twice as likely to struggle with their mental health than heterosexual adults, and transgender people are four times as likely than cisgender people.
Younger members of the community struggle with their mental health the most compared to other age groups, and are twice as likely to have persistent feelings of hopelessness and sadness than heterosexual people. Because of the negative stereotypes that were wrongly created in the past, it can be hard for LGBTQ+ people to come out in fear of rejection and loneliness from those around them.
It is important that, no matter what age, the LGBTQ+ community are able to turn to mental health professionals and seek the help they need to deal with any mental health struggles they may have. Oasis Mental Health will always be here for anyone who needs it and we are proud allies of the LGBTQ+ community.
Here are a list of other resources available:
- HealthPartners & Park Nicollet Mental Health Services
- Gender Services at Park Nicollet
- Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition
- Pride Institute
- Rainbow Health Initiative
- OutFront Minnesota
- MN LGBT Therapists Network
- The Trevor Project