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Mental health disparities among the LGBTQ community


Mental health disparities among the LGBTQ community are a major issue that often goes

unrecognized. LGBTQ individuals experience higher levels of depression, anxiety, and suicide than their heterosexual counterparts, and this is due to a variety of factors, including prejudice, discrimination, and lack of access to mental health resources.

The stigma surrounding homosexuality can lead to feelings of isolation and exclusion,

even within the LGBTQ community itself. This can lead to feelings of worthlessness and shame, as well as an unwillingness to seek help.


Additionally, LGBTQ individuals may have difficulty finding mental health providers who are knowledgeable about their needs and who are willing to provide appropriate, affirming care. In addition to the social stigma, LGBTQ people often face discrimination in the workplace, in housing, and in health care. This can lead to feelings of fear and insecurity, further exacerbating mental health issues. In some cases, individuals may even be denied care or access to resources due to their sexual orientation or gender identity.


The disparities in mental health between the LGBTQ community and their heterosexual

counterparts are concerning, and it is essential that we take steps to address them. We need to provide more resources for LGBTQ individuals, including mental health services, support

groups, and other resources to help them cope with the unique challenges they face.

We also need to work to eliminate the prejudice and discrimination they experience, both

in our society and in our healthcare system. Only then can we hope to achieve true equality and acceptance for the LGBTQ community.


The good news is that there are many organizations and resources available in New

Mexico to help LGBTQ individuals manage their mental health. One of the most important

resources is the New Mexico LGBTQ Resource Center, which provides support and res

ources for LGBTQ individuals and their families. The center offers counseling services, community

education, and advocacy to help LGBTQ individuals in New Mexico access the mental health

services they need.


It is important for LGBTQ individuals in New Mexico to know that there are resources

available to help them manage their mental health. By utilizing these resources, LGBTQ

individuals can gain access to the mental health services they need to live a healthy and fulfilling life. There are many resources out there to help the clients that need our help and if we aren’t able to help them then these resources can.


LGBTQ RESOUCES & THERAPY


Wild Magnolia Wellness
Counseling, DBT based IOP
6504 4th Street NW Suite H , Los Ranchos NM 87107
www.wildmagnoliawellness.com

UNM LGTBQ Resource Center
1919 Las Lomas Rd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106
(505)277-0111 https://lgbtqrc.unm.edu/

Transgender Resource Center Of New Mexico
5600 Domingo Rd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87108
Phone: (505) 200-9086 https://tgrcnm.org/

Talking Circles Therapy & Wellness
4004 Carlisle Blvd NE Suite A-2, Albuquerque, NM 87107

Magnolia Flower Counseling LLC
200 Rosemont Ave NE Unit D, Albuquerque, NM 87102

Equality New Mexico

Fierce Pride New Mexico

Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN) https://www.glsen.org/chapter/new-mexico

It Gets Better Project

Trevor Project

Pride Guide New Mexico

New Mexico Resource and Referral Guide for LGBTQ Students

Common Bond New Mexico Foundation
P.O. Box 26836 Albuquerque, NM 87125 505-891-3647 www.CommonBondNM.org

SAGE Albuquerque
PO Box 26836 Albuquerque, NM 87125 505-710-6987 www.sageabq.org
Provides social and educational programs to enhance the lives of older gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals in Albuquerque.

CasaQ
P.O. Box 36168 Albuquerque, NM 87176-6168 https://www.casaq.org/contact
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