Why LGBTQ+ mental health (brain health) is important
Discrimination against LGBTQ people has specifically been associated with high rates of brain health disorders, substance use, and suicide.
In fact, when compared to people that identify as straight, LGBTQ individuals are three times more likely to experience a mental health condition.
How you can help
Help create a healthy environment
So what can we all do to help prioritize mental health and well-being for our LGBTQ friends and family?
Become an ally and take steps to help normalize conversations about mental health and wellness. This can be as easy as asking someone ‘How are you doing today?’ and taking the time to really listen to their response.
Learn about and share mental health resources
Become acquainted with the available resources to help yourself and those you love.
Here is a non-exhaustive list of resources:
- The Trevor Project – www.thetrevorproject.org
- Mental Health America of the MidSouth – https://mhamidsouth.com/
- Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network – www.tspn.org
- Human Rights Campaign – www.hrc.org
- LGBT National Help Center – https://www.glbthotline.org/