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LGBTQIA+ Mental Health

According to Mental Health America, 4.5% of the U.S. population identifies as gay, lesbian, or bisexual. Of those, 39% reported having a mental illness in the past year. LGBTQIA+ are almost twice as likely to have a mental disorder than those who identify as heterosexual. In addition, they are 2.5 times more likely to experience anxiety, depression, or substance use disorder in their lifetime. Transgender individuals are 4 times as likely as cisgender individuals to have a mental health condition. Although acceptance of LGBTQIA+ individuals has increased over the past few decades and more individuals find themselves in supportive environments, that is not the case for all LGBTQIA+.  

According to National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), a 2019 survey done in schools reported that 89% of LGBTQ youth reported being bullied – both verbally and physically, at school. Research suggests that students that are bullied are more likely to experience mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. 

Because of these mental health stressors, the LGBTQIA+ population is at a higher risk of suicidal thoughts and attempts than the heterosexual, cisgender population. This is especially true amongst LGBTQIA+ youth. For example, high school students who identify as gay, lesbian, or bisexual are over 4 times as likely to have already attempted suicide at least once in comparison to heterosexual high school students. In addition, NAMI writes that “40% of transgender adults have attempted suicide in their lifetime, compared to less than 5% of the general U.S. population.” 

According to Mental Health America, “LGBTQ+ people used mental health services at 2.5 times higher rates than their heterosexual counterparts”. It is important to find a mental health care provider that is right for you.  

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Taylor Carter is a dynamic Senior Marketing Manager with a passion for crafting compelling narratives and driving impactful campaigns. She has been an integral part of the Hopemark Health team for the past two years. By combining industry insights and medical facts with a deep understanding of the patient experience, Taylor continuously seeks to uplift and empower individuals on their journey to well-being.

Article by: Taylor Carter