LGBTQ+ Communities and Mental HealthLGBTQ+ Communities and Mental Health
Although being LGBTQ+ is absolutely not a mental illness, many LGBTQ+ people experience mental health struggles. Find out more about LBGTQ+ community's struggle the most with mental health concerns.
Bullying: LGBT Youth
While trying to deal with all the challenges of being a teenager, lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender (LGBT) teens also have to deal with harassment, threats and violence directed at them on a daily basis. LGBT youth are nearly twice as likely to be called names, verbally harassed or physically assaulted at school compared to their non-LGBT peers. Their mental health and education, not to mention their physical well-being, are at-risk.
The Trevor Project
The leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25, including the TrevorLifeline,https://www.thetrevorproject.org/get-help-now/, which provides 24/7 support via phone, text, or online instant messaging
National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network
A healing justice organization committed to transforming mental health for queer & trans people of color (QTPoC). Of note, they have a Mental Health Fund for Queer andTrans People of Color, https://www.nqttcn.com/mentalhealthfund,and a Mental Health Practitioner Directory, https://www.nqttcn.com/directory.
Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
A national network of educators, students, and local chapters working to give students a safe, supportive, and LGBTQ+ inclusive education. See their resources for educators,https://www.glsen.org/resources/educator-resources and resources for students,https://www.glsen.org/resources/student-and-gsa-resources, (to create change in their own schools).
Human Rights Campaign
America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve LGBTQ equality. Their website has a wealth of information and resources for the LGBTQ+ community and their allies. Resources, https://www.hrc.org/resources, are organized by topic – including content on individual identities, communities of color, workplace, and more.