How Do Mental Health Conditions Affect The LGBTQ Community?

LGBTQ individuals are almost 3 times more likely than others to experience a mental health condition such as major depression or generalized anxiety disorder. This fear of coming out and being discriminated against for sexual orientation and gender identities, can lead to depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, thoughts of suicide and substance abuse.

LGBTQ people must confront stigma and prejudice based on their sexual orientation or gender identity while also dealing with the societal bias against mental health conditions. Some people report having to hide their sexual orientation from those in the mental health system for fear of being ridiculed or rejected. Some hide their mental health conditions from their LGBTQ friends.

As a community, LGBTQ individuals do not often talk about mental health and may lack awareness about mental health conditions. This sometimes prevents people from seeking the treatment and support that they need to get better.

The following are some additional resources in addition to the support and classes NAMI Broward offers: 

  • A list of ten things to look for when searching for LGBTQ-friendly colleges
  • Organizations, resources and legal rights information for LGBTQ students
  • A list of six expert interviews with leading LGBTQ advocates
  • Scholarships, grants and an in-depth guide on how to apply for financial aid