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Taking Pride in Our Mental Health

During the month of June, we celebrate Pride. For many folks, it is a time to celebrate their existence, their resilience, and their love. Pride Month is not only a time to commemorate all these amazing things, but also an opportunity to reflect upon the mental health challenges faced by individuals within the LGBTQIA+ community.

In 2022, The Trevor Project published the results of its annual survey about mental health and LGBTQIA+ youth. The survey showed that 45% of LGBTQIA+ youth had seriously considered attempting suicide. Of the youth that took the survey, 60% of them wanted mental health care but were not able to get it. The top two reasons for not being able to access care were fear of talking about their mental health and obtaining permission/consent from their parents.

When Cypress instructors teach Mental Health First Aid classes, we talk a lot about stigma. We know that having a safe space and a sense of community are such important aspects of mental health for everyone, but especially for LGBTQIA+ young people. The fear of not being accepted can have a huge negative impact on mental health. In addition, we know that this fear can cause individuals to delay seeking the treatment and support they need, often with dire consequences. Let’s support our LGBTQIA+ community by creating safe spaces for conversation about mental health and connecting folks to the resources they need.

Now more than ever, Cypress is determined to uplift and highlight mental health resources for the LGBTQIA+ community. We want people to know that we value the lives, identities and experiences of all people. This month and every month, we are listening, speaking out, and supporting the LGBTQIA+ community. Now more than ever, support PRIDE!

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