Mental health conditions are becoming more common worldwide. Individuals in the LGBTQ+ community are no exception. In fact, LGBTQ+ identifying people are at greater risk of mental health conditions, largely as a result of cultural views and prejudices that exist today. Pride Month presents an important opportunity to listen and support members of the LGBTQ+ community including those who are struggling with mental health.
The LGBTQ+ community experiences more hurdles while trying to access high-quality mental health care than their heterosexual peers. The high prevalence of mental health conditions in the LGBTQ+ community is largely due to cultural stigmas, religious views, and prejudices they encounter at school, work, or even in the home. They are at higher risk for bullying, teasing, harassment and physical violence. Internal struggles, such as not accepting or having to hide their own identity, can also play a part in poor mental health. As a result, they are more susceptible to depression, anxiety disorders and suicidality. Studies have shown that 61% of the LGBTQ+ community have depression, 45% struggle with PTSD, and 36% have an anxiety disorder.
Some members of the LGBTQ+ community still find themselves in toxic, unsupportive environments. Negative reactions are still common when coming out to family members or close friends. Members of the LGBTQ+ community also experience trauma from many forms of discrimination including stereotyping and mental and physical abuse including hate crimes. Other forms of discrimination include denial of access and opportunities including mental health services which can lead to detrimental treatment delays or treatment avoidance.
Each June presents an important chance to raise awareness about key LGBTQ+ issues, promote increased access to care and advocate for parity. Pride is also an important time to acknowledge the unique mental health challenges of the LGBTQ+ community. Neuro Wellness Spa is proud to support and help individuals of the LGBTQ+ community who are struggling with their mental health. If you or a loved one would like to learn more about our services, contact us today.