The first full week of Pride Month has begun.
There is so much to celebrate, and like other months that focus on a particular community or issue, Pride Month is also an opportunity to raise awareness about areas of concern, such as mental health issues faced by people in the LBGTQ+ community. It is also the time to offer
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) notes that members of the LBGTQ+ community are at increased risk of experiencing symptoms such as depression and anxiety. Heterosexual adults are more than twice as likely to experience mental health conditions as she is, and transgender people are about four times more likely to experience mental illness than cisgender people.
Suicidal thoughts and attempted suicide are higher among young people in the community than among heterosexual children, who report more grief and helplessness. Transgender youth have an increasing incidence of these symptoms.
If you plan to cover mental health and the LGBTQ+ community, check out Hackensack Meridian. healthis one of the largest integrated behavioral and physical health systems in the region, with professionals with experience in serving the community available for interviews.Hackensack Meridian health is proud to have been certified as an LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality Leader out of 100.
Available throughout the month on topics such as:
- How to respond when your child comes out.
- The specific mental health challenges faced by the LGBTQ community, how they differ from those faced by heterosexual people, and how treatment is tailored to account for these differences.
- We all know by now what social media can do. It negatively affects our mental health, especially the mental health of our children. But what about the LGBTQ community, which has long faced discrimination and harassment offline? How did things get worse, and how were they affected (probably including children in particular)?
in the Hackensack meridian health The (HMH) experts available for interview are:
psychiatric nurse Jordan Stefanski He works in the Youth Unit of the Career Clinic, a 113-year-old behavioral health campus. Stefanski talks about how he works within the unit to make LGBTQ youth feel safe. He tells them about a difficult moment in his own life, when he felt it would help. “I tell them how I was having trouble growing up as a queer adolescent and now that I’m an adult.”
One of his key priorities is to provide tips on how best to respond when your child or an adult friend or relative comes out.
Lawrence Booth, teacher and activity coordinator at East Mountain School, an on-campus alternative school for career clinics for youth with mental health problems. A member of her own LGBTQ community, Booth uses both her work and hands-on experience to mentor LGBTQ youth and their families.
Dr. Gary Small As Chief of Psychiatry at Hackensack University Medical Center and a recognized expert in mental health and aging, he can speak for older people in the LGBTQ community.
If you are interested in interviewing these or other experts for coverage during Pride Month, please contact us. We are happy to start scheduling interviews.