In recent years, you've likely noticed a rise in discussions about mental health within the LGBTQIA+ community, thanks to increased attention from the media and advocacy groups. While some progress has been made in understanding LGBTQIA+ mental health issues, there are still many hurdles, including stigma, accessing specialized care, and community support—especially for LGBTQIA+ youth. At Compass Health Center, we are committed to providing inclusive and supportive mental health resources tailored to the unique needs of LGBTQIA+ individuals. This blog will explore various aspects of LGBTQIA+ mental health, discuss common challenges this community faces, and highlight essential resources available at Compass Health Center and beyond. 


Understanding LGBTQIA+ Mental Health 

LGBTQIA+ individuals often face unique mental health challenges resulting from societal and familial stigma, discrimination, and homophobia or transphobia. Studies have consistently shown higher rates of depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and suicidality within the LGBTQIA+ community compared to the general population. It's crucial to recognize and address these disparities to provide effective support and care. According to The Trevor Project's 2022 National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health: 

  • 45% of LGBTQ youth seriously considered suicide in the past year, including more than half of transgender and nonbinary youth and 1 in 3 cisgender youth. 
  • 14% of LGBTQ youth attempted suicide in the past year. 
  • Nearly 1 in 5 transgender and nonbinary youth attempted suicide and LGBTQ youth of color reported higher rates of attempted suicide than their white peers. 
  • LGBTQ youth who felt high social support from their family reported attempting suicide at less than half the rate of those who felt low or moderate social support. 
  • Fewer than 1 in 3 transgender and nonbinary youth found their home to be gender-affirming. 
  • LGBTQ youth who found their school to be LGBTQ-affirming reported lower rates of attempting suicide. 
  • 60% of LGBTQ youth who wanted mental health care in the past year were not able to get it. 
  • LGBTQ youth who live in a community that is accepting of LGBTQ people reported significantly lower rates of attempting suicide than those who do not. 

At Compass Health Center, we prioritize supporting individuals in their unique mental health journeys. That's why we've created this collection of resources specifically for LGBTQIA+ individuals. We'll cover everything from common challenges to the resources we offer to help navigate it all. 

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Common LGBTQIA+ Mental Health Challenges 

  • Depression and Anxiety: LGBTQIA+ individuals may experience heightened levels of stress due to discrimination, rejection, or fear of coming out. This can contribute to feelings of depression, anxiety, and loneliness. 
  • Trauma: Many LGBTQIA+ individuals have experienced trauma, including bullying, harassment, or violence, which can have lasting effects on mental health. 
  • Identity Struggles: Exploring and affirming one's gender identity or sexual orientation can be complex and challenging, leading to feelings of confusion, isolation, or dysphoria. 
  • Minority Stress: Constant exposure to discrimination, microaggressions, or lack of societal acceptance can lead to chronic stress known as minority stress, exacerbating mental health issues. 


Resources at Compass Health Center 

  • LGBTQIA+ Affirming Therapy: Our licensed clinicians provide individual, group, and family therapy tailored to the specific needs of LGBTQIA+ individuals. Evidence-based therapy focuses on promoting self-acceptance, coping with discrimination, and developing healthy coping strategies. 
  • Gender Affirming Care: Compass Health Center offers gender-affirming care for transgender and gender non-conforming individuals, including mental health support and referrals to experienced healthcare providers. 
  • Support Groups: We host LGBTQIA+ support groups where individuals in our programs can connect with peers, share experiences, and receive validation in a safe and affirming environment. 
  • Educational Workshops: Compass Health Center conducts continuing education workshops on LGBTQIA+ mental health topics, including coming out, building resilience, and navigating relationships. Our most recent CE webinar was 'Empowering Gender Expansive Young People and Families.’ Check back regularly for upcoming events 
  • Culturally Competent Care: Our staff undergoes specialized training in LGBTQIA+ cultural competency to ensure inclusive and affirming care for all patients. 


Quote from Jenny Finnerman, LCSW (she/her), our Associate Director of Clinical Learning and Development, during her recent CE webinar, 'Empowering Gender Expansive Young People and Families.


External LGBTQIA+ Resources 

  • The Trevor Project: A leading organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services for LGBTQIA+ youth, including a 24/7 helpline, chat, and text support. 
  • GLAAD: An LGBTQIA+ media advocacy organization promoting positive representation and visibility in media and entertainment. 
  • PFLAG: A national organization offering support, education, and advocacy for LGBTQIA+ individuals, their families, and allies. 
  • Gender Spectrum: An organization dedicated to supporting and empowering transgender and non-binary youth and their families through education and resources. 
  • Human Rights Campaign (HRC): The largest national LGBTQIA+ civil rights organization, advocating for equality through lobbying, advocacy, and educational initiatives. 
  • Family Acceptance Project: A research, intervention, education, and policy initiative that works to prevent health and mental health risks for LGBTQIA+ youth, including suicide, homelessness, and HIV, in the context of their families. 

We recognize the importance of providing inclusive and affirming mental health care for LGBTQIA+ individuals. Through our range of LGBTQIA+ affirming care and resources, we strive to create a supportive environment where individuals can explore their identities, effectively address mental health challenges, and thrive. Remember, you are not alone, and help is available. Together, we can navigate the journey toward improved mental health and well-being for all members of the LGBTQIA+ community. 

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Brittney Teasdale

Associate Director of Brand Management