fear:

Members of the LGBTQ+ community are twice as likely as straight individuals to have a mental health condition.

What to Know

LGBTQ+ individuals are over 2 times more likely to have a mental health condition than straight individuals, and LGBTQ youth are 2-3 times more likely to attempt suicide than straight youth. Many LGBTQ individuals with mental health issues find themselves experiencing a double stigma: not only are they fighting prejudice based on their sexual and/gender identity, but also dealing with common negative opinions about mental illness.

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What to Do

Early intervention, treatment, and support from friends and family are vital to helping LGBTQ+ individuals live well with a mental health condition. It is also important for everyone, regardless of sexual identity or orientation, to become familiar with the ways in which social identities and mental illness intersect #askmeaboutmyintersections

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Hope:

More and more resources are available for LGBTQ+ with mental health issues. The National Alliance of Mental Illness, as well as the Trevor Project, provide a support network for LGBTQ youth and crisis intervention.