Mental Health in the LGBTQ Community

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Mental Health in the LGBTQ Community

Because of stigma and discrimination, those who identify as LGBTQ are more likely than their non-LGBTQ counterparts to struggle with mental health disorders and substance misuse.

  • In 1 in 3 LGBTQ adults experience mental illness.
  • By comparison, 1 in 5 heterosexual adults experience mental illness.
  • Among the LGBTQ adults living with mental illness, 13 % have a serious mental illness that substantially interfered with major life activities.
  • Among heterosexual adults living with mental illness, 4% have a serious mental illness.
  • LGBTQ adults are more than twice as likely than heterosexual adults to struggle with substance abuse.


  • 60% of LGBTQ youth stop participating in their usual activities due to feelings of sadness or hopeless.
  • LGBTQ youth are three times more likely than their heterosexual peers to experience depression or anxiety.
  • LGBTQ youth are more than twice as likely to feel suicidal.
  • LGBTQ youth are over four times more likely to attempt suicide, compared to heterosexual youth.
  • Of the LGBTQ youth who attempt suicide over 50% are transgender or non-binary.
  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death among the LGBTQ youth ages 10 to 24.

Source: The Trevor Project National Survey on LGBTQ Youth, Center for Disease Control Youth Risk Behavior Survey, Center for Disease Control National Health Statistics Report.

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