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The impact of stigma and discrimination on the mentally ill is well documented. Being a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered (LGBT) individual compounded with a mental health diagnosis just magnifies the effects of discrimination and stigma, and these individuals often confront seemingly insurmountable barriers to health care. In a 2011 study, 50% of a sample population reported having to teach their medical providers about transgender care. (transequality.com/ngltf) In a 2006 survey of medical students, 15% reported mistreatment of LGBT students within the school, and 17% of LGBT students considered their school environment to be hostile. (AAMC) In order to foster healthy communities, it is crucial that we bring awareness to this issue, and here are a few reasons why: LGBT youth are 2 to 3 times more likely to attempt suicide. LGBT populations have the highest rate of tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use. LGBT youth are more likely to … Continue reading
“Kick the Stigma!” event on January 17th was a great success!! Thank you to all of those who sponsored and attended. Stay tuned for news about our next event!