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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.

Hurricane Katrina left survivors vulnerable to sexual assault. Here’s how to protect Harvey evacuees.

Every shelter needs workers distributed throughout who can be on the lookout for signs of sexual violence, said Ann Robison, the executive director of the Montrose Center, which offers mental health counseling and other services for LGBTQ people in Houston. “It’s almost like posting a guard,” she said.

How Stigma Against Trans People and the Mentally Ill Poisons Our Politics and Culture

Pre-existing biases towards people who fails to conform to societal gender norms combine with widespread ignorance about mental illness to form a particularly toxic combination, one that hurts trans people first and foremost, but also reinforces the widespread stigma towards those who are genuinely suffering from mental illness.

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.

How doctors in Texas are trying to protect transgender patients from a persistent threat: HIV

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

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