Just Added: New Resources for LGBTQ Community
*Guest Blog by Each Mind Matters LGBTQ Strategic Council
Just in time for Pride Month, the Each Mind Matters LGBTQ+ Strategic Council is pleased to announce the release of new materials for the LGBTQ+ community. Pride Month is held in June to commemorate the Stonewall riots, which occurred in June 1969, and to recognize the impact LGBTQ+ people have had in the United States. Pride Month promotes self-affirmation and equal rights for the LGBTQ+ community, and celebrates diversity in sexual orientation and gender identity.
Pride Month not only gives us a chance to reflect on our history, but also to shine a light on current achievements and opportunities in our community. While we are still dealing with homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia in our communities, we have made great strides toward LGBTQ+ acceptance in our country.
According to the 2010 U.S. Census, at least one million Californians identify as LGBTQ+, making up more than 4% of California’s population. Due to complex factors including lack of access to treatment, culturally unresponsive service provision, and higher levels of stigma and discrimination, LGBTQ+ people are almost three times more likely than non-LGBTQ+ peers to experience a mental health challenge.
To address these barriers, Each Mind Matters collaborated with a strategic council of LGBTQ+ community leaders and stakeholders to create mental health materials for three key segments of the LGBTQ+ population: young adults, older adults, and (coming soon!) providers working with Latinx youth.
Throughout the month of June, we will be sharing resources and information on mental health specific to the LGBTQ+ community. To view the new resources online and learn more about the strategic council, click here.
The following LGBTQ+ strategic council members led the development and writing of the new LGBTQ+ mental health resources: Ann Mason, LGBT Center of Orange County, Santa Ana; Tony Ortuno, LGBT Center of Orange County, Santa Ana; Thomas Kelem, Stonewall Alliance of Chico, Butte County; Ben-David Barr, Rainbow Community Center, Concord; Melissa Boomer, Active Minds Student Leader, Santa Barbara; Poshi Mikalson, MHA-NorCal, Sacramento.