One of our agency's core values is "We celebrate diversity and respect cultural differences." And as such, we recognize and celebrate June as Pride Month in honor of our LGBTQ+ communities. We believe in providing culturally-competent services and programs to the diverse community we serve. Read the articles below to learn more about mental health and resources to support the LGBTQ+ community.
2019 National Survey of LGBTQ+ Youth Mental Health
The Trevor Project, the leading nonprofit organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention to LGBTQ+ youth under the age of 25, published its inaugural survey on LGBTQ+ mental health in youth. The survey will provide data on the challenges that LGBTQ+ youth face, such as suicide, discrimination, physical threats of harm and exposure to conversion therapy. Read more about LGBTQ youth experiences.
A Safe Place for Dez to Be Herself
Pacific Clinics helped and supported Dez since she was five years old through support groups and therapy. Through group therapy sessions, she realized there was an opportunity to create a welcoming and safe space where transitional age youth (TAY) could discuss their challenges identifying as LGBTQ+. Read more about how Dez and her treatment team created curriculum to help youth, like her, fight their fears and anxiety.
Join the PRIDE Study
Stanford University of Medicine in partnership with the University of California, San Francisco created the first-ever long-term national health study of LGBTQ+ people. This study is supported by PRIDEnet to answer the questions of how do LGBTQ+ influence physical, mental and social health. Sign up to be part of history.
The Disparities of Mental Health Services Among LGBTQ Communities
According to the American Psychiatric Association, approximately 9 million U.S. adults identify as lesbian or gay, bisexual or transgender. As such, each individual will have various life experiences; however, the majority of these individuals will experience bullying, discrimination, denial of civil rights and may fight a double stigma around mental health. Read more about how LGBTQ+ individuals are more likely to suffer from mental illness.
Source: Anxiety and Depression Association of America
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