QTBIPOC Mental Health and Well-Being

LGBTQ+ people of color, similar to their broader LGBTQ+ community, 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 of color in the United States are facing significant mental health challenges today. LGBTQ+ highschoolers of color are also more likely to attempt suicide (27%) compared to LGBTQ+ highschoolers (22%) and non-LGBTQ+ highschoolers (5%) in the United States.

[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.]

We know that LGBTQ+ people who are BIPOC often face barriers to treatment and care because of mistrust of the medical community, high uninsurance rates among many other societal injustices. In the United States, more than one-quarter (28%) of LGBTQ+ adults of color have no health insurance coverage, compared to 8% of all adults.

While LGBTQ+ adults of color experience similar rates of mental health challenges as LGBTQ+ adults generally, they receive unequal rates diagnoses. A rate of 29% of LGBTQ+ adults of color say they have been diagnosed with a depressive order from a provider, compared to 39% of the LGBTQ+ adults broadly, a ten point gap. Moreover, only 35% of LGBTQ+ youth of color receive emotional counseling.

Our mental health is important — and we must find solutions to address these inequities. To learn more about mental health in the entire LGBTQ+ community, see our other resource.

We’re all in this together. And as Black people and as other people of color, the challenges we face are compounded by racial injustice. Reach out to your LGBTQ+ friends and family -- especially those of us who are Black and other people of color. Let them know you’re here. Or if you need support.

Below we’ve compiled resources for QTBIPOC mental health and wellness.

LGBTQ+ Crisis/Suicide Prevention Hotlines

*Not LGBTQ+ specific but LGBTQ+ inclusive

Transgender Community

LGBTQ+ Youth

LGBTQ+ Adults

All Ages


Finding Treatment and Resources

We partnered with Mental Health America to develop questions to help QTBIPOC find affirming mental health providers here.

*HRC does not evaluate nor endorse the background, training, affirmativeness or skill of anyone included in these directories.


Mental Health Screening

Take a free confidential online mental health screening test!

Did you know online screening is one of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition? Take this confidential, online mental health screening test courtesy of our partners at Mental Health America.


Mental Health & Wellness Organizations


Mental Health Blogs, Videos & Webinars from HRC

Blogs

Videos & Webinars

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The State of Mental Health in LGBTQ Communities of Color

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