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LGBTQ+ Mental Health

A photo of the LGBT Progress flag with rainbow stripes and a triangle with the transgender colors and two black and brown stripes.

LGBTQIA+ is an abbreviation for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, intersex, asexual, and more. These terms are used to describe a person's sexual orientation or gender identity.

Although being LGBTQ+ is absolutely not a mental illness, many LGBTQ+ people experience mental health struggles. The bisexual and transgender communities have the highest rates of mental health concerns within the LGBTQ+ population. Younger members of the LGBTQ+ community struggle the most with mental health concerns of all the age groups.

LGBTQ youth are not inherently prone to suicide risk because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, but rather placed at higher risk because of how they are mistreated and stigmatized in society.

Sources: Defining LGBTQ+ - The CenterLGBTQ+ Communities and Mental Health | Mental Health America ( Trevor Project: 2022 National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health

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Resources for Professionals

View statistics on mental health for LGBTQ+ individuals:

Learn more about LGBTQ+ terms and history:

  • Glossary of Terms - Human Rights Campaign ( This glossary was written to help give people the words and meanings to help make conversations easier and more comfortable. LGBTQ+ people use a variety of terms to identify themselves, not all of which are included in this glossary.
  • History of the Pride FlagColorful flags are flown at many LGBTQ+ events. The history of the Pride Flag goes back to the 1970s, and the design has changed numerous times over the years. Here’s a timeline of some of the major LGBTQ+ flags and what they stand for.

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