LGBTQ+ Mental Health Information and Resources
Everyone has a sexual orientation and gender identity. Sexual orientation is who you are romantically or physically attracted to. Gender identity is the internal sense of being male, female, both or neither, which is separate from your biological sex. People who have a different sexual orientation or gender identity from most people fall under the umbrella term LGBTQ+. It is really important to know that identifying as LGBTQ+ is NOT a mental illness or disorder.
Although being LGBTQ+ is absolutely not a mental illness, many LGBTQ+ people experience mental health struggles linked to societal stigma, discrimination, and denial of their civil and human rights.
LGBTQ+ Resources for Mental Health
MHA has developed and identified a number of different resources for the LGBTQ+ community when it comes to mental health.
LGBTQ+ Communities and Mental Health
Learn about how mental health, gender, and sexuality are connected and what contributes to higher rates of mental health challenges in LGBTQ+ communities.
LGBTQ+ Mental Health Insights from MHA Screening
Based on data from nearly 300,000 LGBTQ+ individuals, this report highlights the specific challenges faced by LGBTQ+ individuals and provides specific policy and programmatic recommendations.
Meeting the Needs of Rural and Isolated LGBTQ+ Folks
View this webinar recording learn about protective factors to support LGBTQ+ mental health as well as best practices to support the well-being of LGBTQ+ individuals in rural and conservative areas.
Finding Affirming Mental Health Care
It’s not safe to assume that all therapists will be knowledgeable or understanding of LGBTQ+ experiences. These resources can help you get started in finding the right therapist for you
Many people who identify as LGBTQ+ are part of other communities that are marginalized. They have complex experiences that cannot be easily addressed in one area of their life.
Coming Out Guides
Coming out is a brave and courageous step. However, it can be scary - especially if your safety would be threatened by coming out. Here are some guides for safely coming out.
[WEBINAR] The Trauma Of Coming Out
Coming out can be a challenging experience. Learn more about how you can support LGBTQ+ folks in your life.
Resources for LGBTQ+ Youth
Younger members of the LGBTQ+ community struggle the most with mental health concerns of all the age groups.
Resources for Educators
Supportive educators can make a world of difference for LGBTQ+ students by creating a safe and affirming environment.
Online screening is one of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition.