11 Tips To Lower Lgbtq Mental Health Risks

I have had the desire, for some time now, to share my thoughts on a topic that often gets swept under the rug. As a therapist, I know firsthand the impact an individual’s mental health can have on their life and their relationships.

And in the LGBTQ community, we need to address mental health (and what we can do to help) early on before we are in crisis. We must be proactive in treating and caring for our mental health as well as destigmatizing the topic altogether.

Our community faces so many obstacles and so much scrutiny as a minority group already. It’s no wonder so many of our peers are afraid to talk about or address their mental health concerns and their need for mental health care.

Below I share 11 things we can do to address LGBTQ mental health — both within therapy and even through policy and societal changes. I also suggest things parents can do when their children are young to create an open and affirming family culture. In turn, this provides a healthy and safe environment to prevent them from ever feeling afraid to come out or alone in their struggles with mental health

11 Ways To Lower The Mental Health Risks In The LGBTQ Community

  1. At a Social and Family level, work diligently to end the stigma and reduce fears in asking for help with mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, suicidal feelings, and shame.

As a community, we have the power to lower the mental health risks and outcomes for LGBTQ youth and adults. Let’s work together to make the necessary family culture, societal, educational, and policy changes. Our community’s mental health depends on it!



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