For the previous few years, I’ve completed analysis surrounding psychological well being and the LGBTQIA+ neighborhood throughout Pleasure Month. I feel it’s essential to grasp what psychological well being challenges exist for distinctive communities and teams of individuals, and these statistics assist paint that image. There’s a lot to unpack right here, however one factor is evident – there are various, many LGBTQIA+ individuals, each youth and adults, who’re unable to get the psychological well being care they want and deserve.
In accordance with the Trevor Undertaking’s Nationwide Survey on LGBTQ Youth Psychological Well being 2022:
- 45% of LGBTQ youth critically thought-about trying suicide previously yr, together with greater than half of transgender and nonbinary youth and 1 in 3 cisgender youth.
- 14% of LGBTQ youth tried suicide previously yr, together with almost 1 in 5 transgender and nonbinary youth and 1 in 10 cisgender youth.
- 12% of white youth tried suicide previously yr, in comparison with 21% of Native/Indigenous youth, 20% of Center Japanese/Northern African youth, 19% of Black youth, 17% of Multiracial youth, 16% of Latinx youth, 12% of Asian American/Pacific Islander youth
- 73% of LGBTQ youth reported experiencing signs of hysteria
- 58% of LGBTQ youth reported experiencing signs of melancholy
- 60% of LGBTQ youth who needed psychological well being care previously yr weren’t in a position to get it.
- 40% of transgender adults have tried suicide of their lifetime, in comparison with lower than 5% of the overall U.S. inhabitants.
- LGB adults are greater than twice as possible as heterosexual adults to expertise a psychological well being situation, and transgender people are almost 4 occasions as possible as cisgender people to expertise a psychological well being situation.
- LGB adults are almost twice as possible as heterosexual adults to expertise a substance use dysfunction. Transgender people are nearly 4 occasions as possible as cisgender people to expertise a substance use dysfunction.
From the American Psychiatric Affiliation:
- LGBTQ people are greater than twice as possible as heterosexual women and men to have a psychological well being dysfunction of their lifetime.
- LGBTQ people are 2.5 occasions extra more likely to expertise melancholy, anxiousness, and substance misuse in contrast with heterosexual people.
As a lot analysis as I’ve tried to do, statistics surrounding psychological well being in LGBTQIA+, particularly adults, are exhausting to come back by. However yearly I write this submit and see these statistics, and I come to the identical conclusion. We’re not assembly this neighborhood with what they want from a psychological healthcare perspective; we’re failing them the identical approach we fail nearly each group of individuals on this nation in the case of psychological well being assets, providers and care. And we should, should, should do higher.
But when we would like these numbers to shrink, we’ve got to acknowledge the hurt being completed to those communities, and that love, assist, and sharing data and assets is required now greater than ever. Love is love, and other people should be themselves – and we have to shout that from the rooftops. Joyful Pleasure Month 🏳️🌈🏳️⚧️