The Importance of Mental Health and the LGBTQ+ Community
Contributed by: Tanaziona Lucious
As June and Pride month end, we continue to support members of the LGBTQ+ community. While it is important to revel in the freedom that the community finally has, it is also important to acknowledge the struggle and battles they went through to be where they are today.
Some statistics on the LGBTQ+ community and their mental health:
It has been shown in multiple studies that a teen that an LGBTQ+ teen is six times more likely to experience symptoms of depression then a teen who does not identify as LGBTQ+.
LGBTQ+ youth are more than two times as likely to feel suicidal, and are sadly over four more times to attempt suicide the teens who don’t identify as LGBTQ+.
Compared to the overall four percent, 48% of transgender adults have reported that they have attempted suicide within the last year.
Over time, there have been numerous negative stereotypes developed about the LGBTQ+ community, which make many of them fearful and uncomfortable with sharing their identity with others.
There are many ways a person can help fight the stigmas surrounding the LGBTQ+ community:
Respect their identity: Just by using their preferred name, you are helping to lower the risk of suicide. This affirms their identity and not making them feel uncomfortable.
Learn about the signs of depression: By learning the early signs of depression, you may help prevent someone from spiraling. Mental illness is not something someone can stop, but you can recognize the signs and gain the right knowledge and information to help be a supportive ally.
Create and teach awareness: To create change, you must first raise awareness. Support them publicly and proudly, no one should feel ashamed about being who they are, support the organizations who aim to help the LGBTQ+ community.
Be compassionate and listen: It is hard for someone to speak about their mental health. Be compassionate and be there for them. Coming out is a challenging time. Provide them with the support and care they need.
Addressing mental health concerns is something that needs to be normalized within our society. Everyone is fighting a silent battle, so be kind and spread awareness. At Insight Clinical Trials we celebrate Pride and the LGTBQ+ community every day.