For the season of Pride, Psychology Today addresses mental health for LGBTQ communities:
This week I had the privilege of speaking with experts, activists, and advocates about the various mental health needs we have in the LGBTQ communities, at an event hosted by Crisis Text Line. We all agreed that a supportive and continuous, therapeutic relationship is key, for everyone really. But for those of us who face constant discrimination it can be a matter of life and death. The trouble is that psychotherapy is stigmatized; not enough clinicians are competent, curious, or empathetic enough to make a connection with LGBTQ clients; and too many people simply can’t afford therapy, or their insurance won’t cover it (if they even have insurance). The experts I spoke to all fight tirelessly against these obstacles, in order to connect people to the safe, loving, and supportive relationships they need and deserve.
For this segment of my Pride in Mental Health Series, I talk with Becca Mui, EducationManager at GLSEN (which aims to create safe and affirming schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, genderidentity, or gender expression), and Thomas Krever, CEO of The Hetrick-Martin Institute, (which creates a safe and supportive environment for LGBTQ youth between the ages of 13 and 24 and their families, and offers a comprehensive package of direct services and referrals), about the role of education in LGBTQ mental health. Ross Schwartz, Director of Communications and Public Relations at the Hetrick-Martin Institute, joins us as well.