Everyone has a sexual orientation and gender identity. Sexual orientation is who you are romantically or physically attracted to. Gender identity is the internal sense of being male, female, both or neither, which is separate from your biological sex. People who have a different sexual orientation or gender identity from most people fall under the umbrella term LGBTQ+. It is really important to know that identifying as LGBTQ+ is NOT a mental illness or disorder.
Although being LGBTQ+ is absolutely not a mental illness, many LGBTQ+ people experience mental health struggles linked to societal stigma, discrimination, and denial of their civil and human rights.
LGBTQ+ Resources for Mental Health
MHA has developed and identified a number of different resources for the LGBTQ+ community when it comes to mental health.
View this webinar recording learn about protective factors to support LGBTQ+ mental health as well as best practices to support the well-being of LGBTQ+ individuals in rural and conservative areas.