There have been many voices raised about the proposed transgender bathroom legislation in Texas. Plenty have written about the reasons these laws are a bad idea. Others have written about how these laws will provide safety. But there is another impact of such laws that is not getting much attention: the effect on school climate Read more
Several studies suggest that rates of major depression, generalized anxiety, and substance abuse are much higher in the LGBT community, particularly youth, compared to the general population. Continued discrimination, bullying, and violence aimed at the queer community has been cited as a root cause of high rates of mental illness and suicide. The RaRE Report, a recent study out of the UK, found that 34 percent of LGB people under the age of 26 had made at least one suicide attempt in their lives, compared to 18 percent of those who identified as heterosexual. For young trans people, this figure rose to 48 percent, compared to 26 percent of cisgender individuals. Many psychologists note the need for continued efforts to provide mental health services specifically tailored to the needs of LGBT individuals.
The vast majority of medical costs among people of any gender in America are the same: heart disease, dementia, diabetes, and cancers. The diseases that do seem to disproportionately afflict transgender people are mental-health issues. The pathology behind this is abetted by societal marginalization of exactly the sort that Trump’s language propagated today.
According to 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey, 40 percent of transgender adults reported having made a suicide attempt, nearly nine times the rate in the U.S. population (4.6 percent). Seven percent of trans respondents had attempted suicide in the last year, compared to 0.7 percent in the general population.
From personal experiences as a first-generation, gay, Haitian-American cisgender male, all the intersections of my identities have impacted my journey with anxiety and depression. My experience with these conditions is not a character flaw or weakness–it is simply one of the rich layers of my identity.
China’s 2013 Mental Health Law prohibits admission of involuntary patients unless they pose a danger to themselves or others. The law also prohibits admitting or treating individuals without mental disease as patients.
Rhode Island is poised to be the fourth state in 2017 to ban the damaging practice.
Pride in Mental Health: An Interview with Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund and DoSomething.org
An interview with Jillian Weiss, Executive Director at Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund and Calvin Stowell, Chief Growth Officer at DoSomething.org (which motivates young people to make positive change both online and offline through campaigns that make an impact) about the role of advocacy in LGBT mental health.
A series of reports by University of Washington’s School of Social Work believed to be the first longitudinal study of its kind found that LGBT Americans 50 years and older are at higher risk of disability, cardiovascular disease, depression and social isolation.
Finally, as a public health advocate, I understand that addressing community health does not just occur in the lab or the clinic. Social isolation is one of the major factors associated with poor mental health and risky behavior among LGBTQ folks.
The trouble is that psychotherapy is stigmatized; not enough clinicians are competent, curious, or empathetic enough to make a connection with LGBTQ clients; and too many people simply can’t afford therapy, or their insurance won’t cover it. The experts I spoke to all fight tirelessly against these obstacles, in order to connect people to the Read more
In 2014, LGBTQ rights advocate Yang Teng won a landmark civil case against a Chongqing, China medical clinic after he says he endured physical and mental distress following a series of brutal “conversion” therapy sessions.
“Trauma is a structure, not a feeling,” says Alok Vaid-Menon, a gender non-conforming artist. These words have been echoing in my head for a while. It is time we put a magnifying lens on those words and understand what they actually mean.
The trouble is that psychotherapy is stigmatized; not enough clinicians are competent, curious, or empathetic enough to make a connection with LGBTQ clients; and too many people simply can’t afford therapy, or their insurance won’t cover it (if they even have insurance).
The population is so vulnerable because the stigmatized place that transgender people occupy in society translates into extremely high rates of poverty, substance abuse, mental health difficulties, homelessness and incarceration — all of which increase the odds of having sex without condoms or sharing needles, the two most common ways that HIV is spread in Read more
So much of America’s society has the mindset that you need to think with your head, make rational decisions, and not ever access those deeper parts of yourself that might make life a little messier for you. However, many people in the LGBTQ community have learned to integrate that messy part of themselves into their Read more
kind clinic – Discrimination, stigma and violence have a tremendous impact on a transgender person’s physical and mental health. Maltreatment has also contributed to exceedingly high rates of mental illness and suicide among the transgender population.
bathroom bills – “Laws and policies that restrict the use of public facilities based on biological gender can have immediate and lingering physical consequences, as well as severe mental health repercussions,” said Dr. Jesse Ehrenfeld.
Police officer Gerry Realin was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder following the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando on June 12, 2016. Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan has heard from first responders and mental health workers that there are more officers, possibly with PTSD, who don’t want to come forward because they don’t want to be Read more
College students who identified as gay, lesbian, bisexual, questioning or queer reported higher rates of psychological distress, academic impairment related to mental health, and were more likely to utilize services on and off-campus, compared with heterosexual peers.
The health disparities between transgender and gender nonconforming people and others remained significant even after the researchers adjusted the findings for factors that may influence health, such as health insurance status and health behaviors.
Even though acceptance is growing for LGBT teens, the world isn’t quite changing fast enough: Multiple recent studies show that LGBT teens have less life satisfaction and more depression than their straight peers, in part because so many face harassment.
Youth Network Out Together, or YNOT, is a program of the Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation. Its goal is to reduce health disparities between LGBTQIA+ youth and their straight counterparts by facilitating peer support for LGBTQIA+ youth in the Coastal Bend.
“My state is saying I’m not worthy,” said Lou Weaver, a transgender man. “I’m different, and I don’t deserve the same equality as my peers do, my neighbors do, and the other people around me do. It takes an emotional toll on people.”
McHugh, the hospital’s chief of psychiatry from 1975 to 2001, still believes that being transgender is largely a psychological problem, not a biological phenomenon.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) groups say women regularly face barriers to accessing healthcare and can have poor experiences when they do. Read more.
The transgender-specific services were a logical extension of the organization’s larger mission, a product of growing recognition of the LGBTQ community’s needs, and are intended as repudiation of the tone set at the Capitol.
Transgender members of our society have to confront a great deal of societal prejudice. For many, walking into a bathroom that coincided with their birth-sex would be dangerous to them.
In a recent interview, Beggs opened up about his past. He said he continued to struggle with gender dysphoria from seventh to ninth grade and it took a toll mentally.
Transgender and gender-fluid teens, particularly those born male, face up to three times more mental and physical abuse at school and at home than their gender-conforming peers, according to a new study from the University of California, Berkeley.