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. Check out the resources below to help start important conversations and find safe places for support.
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National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health 2021 - Trevor Project
The past year has been incredibly difficult for so many, but we also know that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) youth have faced unique challenges. The Trevor Project’s 2021 National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health sheds light on many of these challenges by capturing the experiences of nearly 35,000 LGBTQ youth ages 13–24 across the United States.
Our third annual survey provides brand new data on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, mental health care disparities, discrimination, food insecurity, conversion therapy, and suicide — in addition to the benefits of LGBTQ-affirming spaces and respecting the pronouns of transgender and nonbinary youth.
We are also proud that this sample is our most diverse yet, with 45% being LGBTQ youth of color and 38% being transgender or nonbinary.
Among some of the key findings of the survey: