Lesbian, gay and bisexual people are more than twice as likely as heterosexuals to have a long-term mental health condition, an analysis of NHS data suggests.
In addition, 45% of LGBTQ youth seriously considered attempting suicide in the past year, according to The Trevor Project.
These findings may help to identify and inform opportunities to address and mitigate mental health disparities among LGBT+ people. Families, friends, and allies play a critical role and can take actions to be supportive. This includes respecting their identity, teaching awareness, and showing compassion.
It is really important to know that identifying as LGBTQ+ is NOT a mental illness or disorder.
The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) is an organization that offers information designed to help students take action and initiate changes in their schools and communities.
PFLAG was the first organization devoted to helping parents, families, and allies support LGBTQ+ people.
The It Gets Better Project’s mission is to uplift, empower, and connect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) youth around the globe and provides hope and encouragement.
Don’t know where to begin? Call our Let’s Talk support line at 844-YOU-OKAY. It’s free and confidential and available 24/7.