LGBTQ+ people experience alarmingly high rates of mental health challenges. It disrupts their daily lives and can be life-threatening, especially for children and youth. Over a majority of LGBTQ+ adults in the United States are facing significant mental health challenges today, and over a majority of LGBTQ+ high schoolers in the United States have symptoms of depression.
[Disclaimer: This resource discusses suicide and other sensitive content. If you or someone you know is in suicidal crisis or emotional distress, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.]
The truth is that mental health challenges in the LGBTQ+ community are largely due to stigma, discrimination and bias in all of its forms. However, LGBTQ+ people also face gaps in health insurance coverage. In the United States, 18% of LGBTQ+ adults of color have no health insurance coverage, compared to 8% of all adults.
Our mental health is important — and we must find solutions to address these inequities. To learn more about mental health and LGBTQ+ people who are Black, Indigenous or people of color (BIPOC), see our other resource.
LGBTQ+ Crisis/Suicide Prevention Hotlines
*Not LGBTQ+ specific but LGBTQ+ inclusive
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