According to The Trevor Project, LGBTQ+ youth are more than four times as likely to attempt suicide compared to their heterosexual peers, and 48% of LGBTQ+ youth reported engaging in self-harm in the past year.
LGBTQ+ youth often face unique challenges and experiences that can contribute to higher rates of mental health struggles. Here are some key factors:
Stigma and Discrimination: LGBTQ+ individuals may often face stigma, prejudice, and discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. This can come from family, peers, community members, or society as a whole. The constant fear of rejection and judgment can take a toll on their mental well-being.
Bullying and Harassment: LGBTQ+ youth are more likely to experience bullying, harassment, and violence compared to their heterosexual and cisgender peers. This can occur at school, in their communities, or even online. Such experiences can lead to increased levels of anxiety, depression, and feelings of isolation.
Lack of Acceptance and Support: LGBTQ+ youth may not receive acceptance or support from their families or communities, leading to a sense of rejection and internalized shame. The absence of a supportive environment can contribute to feelings of loneliness, low self-esteem, and mental health issues.
Minority Stress: LGBTQ+ individuals often face what is known as minority stress, which results from the daily challenges and stigma associated with being part of a marginalized group. This chronic stress can negatively impact mental health and contribute to higher rates of anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation.
Limited Access to Affirming Resources: LGBTQ+ youth may face barriers when seeking mental health support, including a lack of culturally competent and affirming resources. It can be challenging to find healthcare providers who understand their unique needs and experiences, which can further exacerbate mental health struggles.
Fear of Seeking Help: It can be challenging to reach out for help and resources that cost money such as therapy and medical care when you are under 18 and afraid to come out to your family, or are in a family who disagrees with your identity and sexual orientation.
Here at Notes2Pass, we believe in a world where love, acceptance, and support are celebrated every day. We believe that you are worthy of love no matter your pronouns or sexual orientation. We believe that mental health matters for all. That is why we have decided to donate 10% of all sales this PRIDE month to The Trevor Project.
The Trevor Project is a national organization that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ+ youth. With their 24/7 helpline, online chat, and text support, The Trevor Project ensures that no young person faces their darkest moments alone. You can learn more about this incredible organization here.
To support The Trevor Project this PRIDE, shop our cards. Once you add over 5 cards to your cart, and automatic discount will be applied saving you $1/card in your cart.
And to support your LGBTQ+ friends this month, send them a paper hug in the mail letting them know that you love them! Shop the hug pack here.
If you are thinking about harming yourself, please text "START" to 678-678.