"LGBT adults are more than twice as likely as heterosexual adults to experience a mental health condition. Transgender individuals are nearly four times as likely as cisgender individuals (people whose gender identity corresponds with their birth sex) individuals to experience a mental health condition.
LGBT youth also experience greater risk for mental health conditions and suicidality. LGB youth are more than twice as likely to report experiencing persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness than their heterosexual peers. Transgender youth face further disparities as they are twice as likely to experience depressive symptoms, seriously consider suicide, and attempt suicide compared to cisgender lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer and questioning youth." - NAMI
Suicide Prevention Resources
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
800-273-8255 (online chat available)
Family and Friends call above number as well
Trans Lifeline is a trans-led organization that connects trans people to the community, support, and resources they need to survive and thrive.
Hotline - 1-877-565-8860 (oprima 2 para hablar con unx operador en español)
Family & Friends - Call Hotline number above and ask for the Family & Friends Line
The GLBT National Hotline The GLBT National Youth Talkline
Trauma and Internalized Shame
"LGBTQI people should not have to suffer from the impact of trauma and internalized shame. Seeking help from supportive friends, mental health professionals and LGBTQI organizations can be of great help to many people. " Read more from NAMI below:
Williams Institute - May 2022
A Comprehensive Roadmap to LGBTQ+
Depression Looks Like Me
We believe everyone deserves to be seen, heard and feel empowered to ask for help. Together, we can show others what depression truly looks like. That depression looks like you, and depression looks like me.
In partnership with prominent LGBTQ+ voices and leading mental health and LGBTQ+ advocacy organizations, this campaign offers a safe space to read personal stories from members of the community with lived experiences with depression, provides culturally competent resources and highlights the different facets of depression, all in one place. The digital community we are seeking to help build will empower others to connect through shared experiences and underscore that those living with hard-to-treat depression are not alone.