LGBTQ+ Mental Health Resources - Women Veterans Alliance

LGBTQ+ Mental Health Resources

August 1, 2017

According to the 2010 U.S. Census, more than one million Californians identify as LGBTQ+, making up more than 4% of California’s population. Due to complex factors including lack of access to treatment, culturally unresponsive service provision, and higher levels of stigma and discrimination, LGBTQ+ people are almost three times more likely than non-LGBTQ+ peers to experience a mental health challenge.

To address these barriers, Each Mind Matters collaborated with a strategic council of LGBTQ+ community leaders and stakeholders to create mental health materials for three key segments of the LGBTQ+ population: young adults, older adults, and (coming soon) providers working with Latinx youth. These materials are a culmination of many months of outreach, research, and interviews with community, county and state representatives to determine what was most needed in the community.

Each Mind Matters is sharing resources and information on mental health specific to the LGBTQ+ community.

 

LGBTQ+ Downloadable Resources

This brochure discusses caring for your mental health as an LGBTQ+ young adult, including information on sexual orientation, gender identity, and coming out; healthy relationships; common mental health challenges and their symptoms; when to reach out for support; and your rights as a young person seeking support.

This guide provides information on mental health for older LGBT adults, including considerations around caregiving, legal affairs, rejection and discrimination, and getting the support you need as you move into older adulthood.

  • LGBTQ+ Latinx Youth Mental Health Fact Sheet (Coming Soon)

This fact sheet answers frequently asked questions from providers working with LGBTQ+ Latinx youth, and addresses the complex intersections that sexual orientation, gender identity, race/ethnicity, and immigration status can have within a young person’s life.

 

Promote LGBTQ+ Resources Within Your Community

As mentioned above, these newly-created resources are available to individuals and organizations working with the LGBTQ+ community. We believe these could be useful tools for your organization and the community you serve. Here are a few ways to promote these new resources in your community

  • Share them at your office, at community events and fairs, or at any event your organization may participate in.
  • Send copies to local providers and any cultural task forces or committees in your county.
  • Contact organizations that are planning Pride celebrations or other cultural outreach events and share information and materials with them.
  • Provide links to these resources on your website or share them through your social media channels.
  • Share information about upcoming cultural celebrations by adding them to the Events Page on the Each Mind Matters website.

Directing Change: Films by Youth for Diverse Communities

As part of the Directing Change Program and Film Contest (www.DirectingChange.org) youth created short films that explore how different cultures view suicide prevention and mental health. All films for diverse communities can be viewed and downloaded at no cost.  Here is a small selection of films addressing gender and for LGBTQ youth.  “Binary Blues”   “Not Alone

More Stories and Resources

In addition, visit the Each Mind Matters website for stories of hope and recovery  for the LGBTQ community and the Walk in Our Shoes website for a youth friendly animated vignette.

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