Podcast Ep. 37 -Mental Health & LGBTQ+
“Gender preference does not define you. Your spirit defines you.” – P.C. Cast
The LGBTQ+ community represents a wide range of individuals of different genders, sexual identities, and orientations. While being a part of such a diverse community can bring a sense of acceptance, individuality, pride, and courage – it can also bring some challenges.
Mental health is an important part of our overall wellness and poor mental health can interfere with our daily functioning. Being a part of the community does not mean that you have a mental illness but still many people from the community face mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance abuse, and addiction. It is important to understand how you can support the people of the LGBTQ community.
Many research studies have found that people of the LGBTQ+ community are more likely to have risk factors for depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders as compared to heterosexual individuals.
The factors that can affect an LGBTQ individual can be:
- Homophobia, Biphobia, or Transphobia
- Prejudice, discrimination, and social stigma
- Negative reactions and experiences of “coming out”
- Social rejection, isolation, and abandonment
Embracing one’s sexual orientation and identity can help you:
- Increase confidence
- Better relationships with others
- Develop a sense of acceptance and belonging
- Give freedom of expression
Listen to this week’s podcast to understand the challenges and struggles faced by the LGBTQ community and how you can help them as allies and supporters.