If you live with a mental health condition and identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender,queer and/or questioning (LGBTQ), it’s important to prioritize your mental health. Not allmembers of the LGBTQ community will have the same experiences. However, discrimination,prejudice, denial of civil and human rights, harassment and family rejection are still tragicallycommon for people with these identities. LGBTQ people with mental health conditions may also find themselves fighting a double stigma.Many will experience prejudice based on their sexual and/or gender identity as well as the stigmaassociated with mental illness. Confronting these challenges and mental health symptoms withan LGBTQ-inclusive therapist can lead to better outcomes, and even recovery. Early intervention, comprehensive treatment and family support are key to helping LGBTQpeople live well with a mental health condition. But many people in this community struggle insilence—and face worse health outcomes as a result.
LGB adults are more than twice as likely as heterosexual adults to experience a mental health condition
LGBTQ people are at a higher risk than the general population for suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts
High school students who identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual are almost five times a likely to attempt suicide compared to their heterosexual peers
48% of all transgender adults report that they have considered suicide in the past 12 months, compared to 4% of the overall US population