Mental Health for LGBTQ+ People

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Support the mental health of LGBTQ+ people

Mental health for LGBTQ+ people is rarely talked about. Maybe it’s the stigma associated with mental health issues. Perhaps it’s the stigma the community faces, even now in 2022. It’s difficult to pinpoint why this particular group has a more difficult time not just with mental health, but also with getting resources for it. 

One of the most difficult things for LGBTQ+ people is the process of coming out. Frequently, they know who they are for a long time and the thought of losing people close to them, or being treated with contempt, especially by family is terrifying. To say this takes a toll on their mental health is an understatement. So what can we/you do to guard the mental health of someone you know (or yourself if you identify as LGBTQ+)?

5 Things You Can Do To Support LGBTQ+ Mental Health

Just be there! Simple, yet powerful. Be the person they can turn to when they need support. Don’t do this at the expense of your mental health though.

Support local programs. Getting involved is another great way to support the cause. See if there’s a local branch.

Donate to non-profit organizations like The Human Rights Campaign

Sign up to be a counselor for LGBTQ+ youth. Statistically, younger LGBTQ+ people have a higher rate of suicide from mental health issues than any other marginalized group. 

Take time to understand and learn about mental health at all levels. Doing so will allow you to assist LGBTQ+ people in getting the help they need. You may not be medically qualified to help, but you can point them in the direction of those that CAN help them.

This list isn’t nearly long enough. There’s so much we as a society can do to help. When I think back to all the things I went through, before coming out, it’s a miracle I got out of it relatively unscathed. My hope is that one day, we can lower the mental health and suicide rates of LGBTQ+ people to nearly zero! Here are a few tips to guard your own mental health, if you’re LGBTQ+

Tips To Guard Your Mental Health

Surround yourself with those that support you.

Take time each day to remember that you and your mental health are important.

Find ways to get involved with organizations that promote mental health advocacy. 

Get counseling, if you’re struggling with mental health.

Step away from those that are toxic to you and your health, both mental and physical. 

Mental health for LGBTQ+ people is super important. To be clear, I’m not saying it’s not important for others, but I know that this wonderful group struggles with it so much. If you’re part of the community, take time to listen, evaluate, and know yourself so you can guard your mental health! 

For more information on this topic, check out my podcast! The link is on the Products and Resources page!

Until next time! Be well and Namaste.

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