Providing Mental Health Support for LGBTQIA+ Youth

June is Pride month—a time to celebrate the culture of the LGBTQIA+ community, honor their impact and progress in the world, and renew awareness of the inequalities still faced by so many.

Injustice and inequity are detrimental to mental health. LGBTQIA+ individuals are more likely to experience mental health challenges, many of which are directly related to experiencing discrimination and stigma, and the resulting chronic psychological stress. Specifically, LGBTQIA+ youth are more likely to struggle with anxiety, depression, self-harm, and thoughts of suicide than their straight, cisgender peers.

LGBTQIA+ individuals can thrive in the face of adversity with the help of supportive people and communities. According to The Trevor Project 2022 National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health, LGBTQ youth who felt supported and accepted by their families, schools, or communities reported significantly lower rates of attempting suicide than youth who did not feel supported or accepted.

Chicago Behavioral Hospital provides mental health treatment services for teens and young adults, including those who identify as LGBTQIA+. We strive to provide an inclusive and supportive therapeutic environment for all individuals seeking mental health care. For more information or to schedule a no-cost assessment, contact us at 844-756-8600.