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LGBT Individuals & Mental Health: What You Need to Know

June 11, 2015

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. (  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!” was a great success!!

January 21, 2015

“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!  

Sun Sentinel Article

October 9, 2014

Guardian Behavioral Health Foundation wrote a letter to the Sun Sentinel addressing mental illness and how it affects everyone. The Sun Sentinel ran it in today’s paper. Please read it below and remember that we all need to work together. Continue reading