NASHVILLE, Tenn. — June is officially recognized as PRIDE Month, and TN Voices is continuing to work to assist the LGBTQ+ community in mental health services.
According to a press release from the organization, LGBTQ+ persons are more likely to experience depression, anxiety, lowered self-esteem and even suicidal thoughts compared to their straight and cisgender peers.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness:
• Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual adults are more than twice as likely as heterosexual adults to experience a mental health condition
• Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning people are at a higher risk than the general population for suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts
• High school students who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual are almost 5 times as likely to attempt suicide compared to their heterosexual peers
• 48% of all transgender adults report that they have considered suicide in the past 12 months, compared to 4% of the overall US population.
LGBTQ+ youth are especially at risk, primarily those with don’t have a healthy support system, experience hostile school conditions and/or bullying, according to the press release.
Tennessee’s LGBTQ+ residents can receive mental health services by calling the TN Voices Hope Fund hotline at 615.269.7751.
To donate to help fund mental health services for Tennesseans in need, log onto TNVoices.org/Donate.
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