Guide to mental health for LGBTQ+
The LGBTQ+ community faces unique challenges that can lead to mental health issues and so it is especially important for members of the LGBTQ+ community to prioritize their mental health. Members of the LGBTQ+ community face a range of challenges that can impact their mental health and lead to feelings of isolation, anxiety, and depression.
Discrimination and prejudice can prevent LGBTQ+ individuals from accessing healthcare and mental health services, which can exacerbate existing mental health issues or prevent individuals from seeking the help they need.
Transgender individuals, in particular, may face significant barriers to accessing healthcare and may be at an even higher risk for suicide and other mental health issues. This is why the creation of supportive, inclusive, and welcoming counselling spaces is so important.
“Seeking help is a sign of strength, and there is no shame in prioritizing your mental health and well-being.”
Connecting with others and building supportive networks of friends and allies can help combat feelings of isolation and loneliness. Social support is a crucial factor in maintaining good mental health.
It is also important that counselling support be found within the community, from counsellors with education, training, and personal lived experience in supporting the LGBTQ+ community. The last thing you want is having to educate your counsellor on the terms and lifestyle of the LGBTQ+ community. At Chroma Counselling, we have therapists who specialize in LGBTQ+ issues. We also offer online therapy sessions, which can be a convenient option for individuals who may not be able to access in-person services.
Individuals who may feel isolated or marginalized due to their sexual orientation or gender identity often benefit from learning more about LGBTQ+ history and culture. This helps to build pride and community connection.
A counsellor can be a helpful support in that educational, mental health journey. If you feel that you are not receiving appropriate care or support, it is important to advocate for yourself and seek out alternative options.
Remember that seeking help is a sign of strength, and there is no shame in prioritizing your mental health and well-being. Chroma Counselling offers a safe space to all individuals, regardless of how they identify to explore topics such as sexuality, gender identity, relationships, gender affirming care, and more.Book your LGBTQ-friendly Therapy with Chroma Counselling