One of my areas of focus is mental health and I have a personal/professional commitment to normalizing seeking resources for support. It makes sense for me to write a post on mental health resources for PRIDE month. It makes sense given that LGBTQ+ individuals experience a higher rate of mental health issues. But it’s not that simple. Encouraging the use of resources and support requires the right nuance to not excuse the causes that contribute to the prevalence and need in the first place. When writing about this topic it’s important to clarify that the increased instances of mental health issues in LGBTQ+ individuals speaks not about the individuals themselves, but this world in which they have to navigate.
It’s common for anyone to want to seek support from professionals and groups who have a shared understanding of similar experiences. When there is a risk of bias, discrimination or even violence, it can be imperative. Here are resources supporting mental health and wellbeing that are LGBTQ+ affirming and intersectional.
The following resources and more are found on this Mental Health America resource page:
- HRC: Living Authentically as LGBTQ Asian and Pacific Islander Americans
- HRC: QTBIPOC Mental Health and Well-Being
- HRC: Coming Out: Living Authentically as LGBTQ Latinx Americans
- Two Spirit and LGBTQ Health
The Work/Life Center is a resource for SAS employees and their family members. Support services include connecting to therapists and other mental health resources.