June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month!
June is also PTSD Awareness Month—hope and recovery are possible for all people.
June is nationally recognized as LGBTQ+ Pride Month, celebrating gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, non-binary and queer people everywhere. Here in New Mexico, it’s a great opportunity to learn about the ways LGBTQ+ people have enriched our collective culture and history. And it’s important to stay aware of the struggle members of the LGBTQ+ community face. June is a month when we all can come together and rally around our friends and family to advocate for equal treatment, access and rights for everyone.
This month, A Dose of Wellness is raising awareness of the mental healthcare needs of the LGBTQ+ community, which often go unmet due to stigma. Lesbian, gay and bisexual adults are at more than twice the risk of experiencing mental health challenges like depression and anxiety than heterosexual adults. Transgender people are almost four times more likely to have mental health struggles than cisgender adults. Just as there is no difference between humans, no matter our gender identities or sexual preferences, there is no difference between physical and mental health. Everyone deserves access to help improve their mental wellness.
Approximately 21,300, or 19.2 percent of High School youth in New Mexico identify as LGBTQIA+, according to a 2019 Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey. Data also shows LGBTQIA+ youth are more than four times as likely to attempt suicide or engage in self-harm compared to their straight, cisgender peers. LGBTQIA+ adults are also at greater risk of suicide.
The good news is that New Mexico has made important strides to help LGBTQ+ people access the care they need through a supportive environment. In collaboration with the Trevor Project, the 988 Lifeline includes specialized and inclusive emotional support to better serve the LGBTQIA+ community. LGBTQIA+ youth and adults who contact the 988 Lifeline via phone, text or chat have the option of being connected with specially trained, LGBTQIA+ competent mental health peers by phone 24/7, and via text and chat during the hours of 5 p.m. to 4 a.m. MT daily. Since the #988 Lifeline launched last July, it has helped thousands of New Mexicans find real-time, confidential emotional and substance misuse support. Now, everyone can press 3 after calling #988 to get connected to informed, culturally relevant LGBTQ+ care. Any mental health or emotional challenge is a reason to call, text or chat #988—24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Learn more at www.988nm.org.
- 988 New Mexico – LGBTQ Resources
- Human Services Department announces the 988 crisis support line implemented resources to better serve LGBTQIA+ New Mexicans
- The Health & Well-Being of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Youth in New Mexico
- The Trevor Project
- LGBTQI Resources (NAMI)
- Top Health Issues for LGBT Populations Information & Resource Kit (SAMHSA)
- I Am Me: Understanding the Intersections of Gender, Sexuality, and Identity
- Trauma, Discrimination and PTSD Among LGBTQ+ People