Pride month is an opportunity not just for LGBTQIA+ people and their allies to celebrate their rights and acceptance. For many, according to healthline.com, this time of year offers both mental health challenges and opportunities for LGBTQIA+ people.
“Many experience social isolation, harassment, and violence. Recent anti-LGBTQIA+ laws in some states increase the barriers that these community members face,” writes Healthline. “Finding safe spaces where LGBTQIA+ people are not only accepted but also celebrated is important for members of this community.”
The story outlines the increased risk of mental health challenges faced by many people due to sexual and gender minority stress.
“Members of the LGBTQ+ communities are at increased risk for a number of mental health issues, including but not limited to anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorders, misuse of substances, hopelessness, and suicide,” Eddy Fagundo, Ph.D., CRC, CVE told Healthline.
The story then discusses the benefits of Pride for members of LGBTQIA+ communities and offers five tips for getting involved:
- Experience a variety of Pride events;
- “Mark the occasion” in your individual and special way;
- Seek out organizations and “fellow community members” online;
- Work with others to encourage safe and inclusive spaces;
- Be safe!
We appreciate Healthline’s in-depth look and encourage you to read the whole article if you’re interested, including several great resources for LGBTQIA+ people and their allies.