Mental health conditions affect people from all walks of life. The LGBTQ+ community often experience stigma and discrimination. These challenges have been linked to delays in health care, less social and family support, and homelessness. Homosexuality is not a mental health disorder. Being transgender is not a mental illness. However, facing mental health symptoms with an LGBTQ+-inclusive therapist can lead to better outcomes and even recovery.

LGBTQ+ Mental Health Statistics

• Compared to people who identify as straight, LGBTQ+ individuals are three times as likely to experience a mental health condition.

• Substance abuse within this community is 10 – 20% higher than the population as a whole.

• This community is 2.5 times more likely to experience depression and anxiety.

• LGBTQ+ youth seriously contemplate or attempt suicide at almost four times the rate of heterosexual youth.

If you identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning communities, it’s important to prioritize your mental health. Zumbro Valley Health Center is Safe Zone for the LGBTQ+ community. Our providers are committed to providing support through a lived experience in a welcoming and positive environment. You are not alone and you don’t have to struggle in silence. Reach out today to start your journey to healing and recovery.