Pride Month Starts Important Conversations

Last year, we 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 providers working with Latinx youth.

According to the 2010 U.S. Census, more than one million Californians identify as LGBTQ, making up more than 4 percent of California’s population. Due to factors such as 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.

Being a member of the LGBTQ community doesn’t necessarily increase the risk for mental health issues; but the stigma and discrimination LGBTQ individuals may face from family, friends and society can increase risk for mental health challenges.

As Pride Month ends, we were thrilled to see so many organizations utilizing the materials that Each Mind Matters created for the LGBTQ+ community. Check out the resources below to help continue important conversations.

Be True Be You Booklet

This brochure discusses caring for your mental health as an LGBTQ+ young adult, including information on sexual orientation, gender identity and coming out; healthy relationships; common mental health challenges and their symptoms; when to reach out for support; and your rights as a young person seeking support.

LGBTQ+ Latinx Immigrant Youth Provider Fact Sheet

This fact sheet was created as a resource for service providers, including nonprofit staff, community-based organizations, health care professionals, and other providers in roles that support California’s youth. The fully bilingual fact sheet provides an introduction to the unique challenges faced by Latinx LGBTQ+ immigrant youth, and addresses the complex intersections that sexual orientation, gender identity, race/ethnicity, and immigration status can have within a young person’s life.


LGBT Mental Health and Aging Support Guide

The journey of aging brings with it new stressors and opportunities, including some that are unique to the LGBT community. This mental health support guide was created for the older LGBT adult population and includes resources, support information and tips on mental wellness.

And don’t forget about the Directing Change “Through the Lens of Culture” films, a great resource for reaching communities with mental health and suicide prevention messages. You can access all films here.

For a complete list of outreach materials to connect with the LGBTQ community, visit the LGBTQ+ collection on the Each Mind Matters Resource Center.

For related content: Millions Unite for Pride Month