The LGBTQ+ Community
& Mental Health

Being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer is an inherent and natural part of a person’s identity defined by one’s sexual orientation and gender expression. Being LGBTQ+ is not a mental health challenge. Stigma and prejudice as well as traumas like harassment, family rejection, and workplace discrimination, however, can present unique mental health challenges to the LGBTQ+ community. You are not alone, and everyone deserves a safe space to be their true selves. It’s Up to Us has resources that can help. Scroll for more.

5.6% of Americans, over 11 million people, identify as LGBTQ+.<sup style=font-size:15px>28</sup>


5.6% of Americans, over 11 million people, identify as LGBTQ+.28

Lesbian, gay, and bisexual adults are more than twice as likely to experience mental health challenges, often due to political, social, and economic discrimination.<sup style=font-size:15px>29</sup>


Lesbian, gay, and bisexual adults are more than twice as likely to experience mental health challenges, often due to political, social, and economic discrimination.29

Transgender adults are nearly four times as likely to experience a mental health challenge, due to stressors such as discrimination, traumatic experiences, and a lack of equal human rights when compared to cisgender adults.<sup style=font-size:15px>30</sup>


Transgender adults are nearly four times as likely to experience a mental health challenge, due to stressors such as discrimination, traumatic experiences, and a lack of equal human rights when compared to cisgender adults.30

Stress factors like family rejection and discrimination can take a toll on youth. Lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth are more than twice as likely to say they feel persistent sadness or hopelessness.<sup style=font-size:15px>31</sup>


Stress factors like family rejection and discrimination can take a toll on youth. Lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth are more than twice as likely to say they feel persistent sadness or hopelessness.31

39% of LGBTQ+ people reported having had a mental health challenge in the past year.


39% of LGBTQ+ people reported having had a mental health challenge in the past year.

Learn More About Mental Health

Resources That Help

People in the LGBTQ+ community may have more hurdles to caring for their mental health. There are people who understand as well as a range of resources specifically tailored for LGBTQ+ challenges.

Use Our Resource Tool
The Access and Crisis Line at (888) 724-7240 provides support 24/7. Experienced counselors can answer questions about mental health and substance use, provide referrals, offer support and crisis intervention. In the case of a medical emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.
Suicide Prevention, Substances,
& Substance Use Disorders
There are many factors that can affect mental health. Get in-depth information and tips when it comes to suicide prevention, substances, and substance use disorders.
27 Gallup 2021
28 Sexual Orientation and Estimates of Adult Substance Use and Mental Health: Results from the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, SAMHSA, October 2016
29 Sexual Orientation and Estimates of Adult Substance Use and Mental Health: Results from the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, SAMHSA, October 2016
30 Wanta, Jonathon W., et al, Mental Health Diagnoses Among Transgender Patients in the Clinical Setting: An All-Payer Electronic Health Record Study, Transgender Health Volume 4.1, 2019 DOI: 10.1089/trgh.2019.0029
31 31CDC YRBS Survey, Data Summary and Trends Report, 2007-2017