June is Pride Month

June is Pride Month

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  June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month, a time to recognize and celebrate LGBTQ+ individuals and to  consider how we can take action to ensure equity for all members of our community. According  to NAMI, there is increasing evidence that LGBTQ+ adults are more likely to experience a mental health condition and that LGBTQ+ youth are at greater risk for depressive symptoms and  suicidality. Stigma, bullying, family acceptance, hostility in school, the workplace, or the  community, and the threat of violence can all be contributing factors. The American Psychiatric  Association (APA) has a number of tip sheets to help providers better support LGBTQ+ patients.  SAMHSA also has a number of practical behavioral health resources available for  download, including topics related to substance use, homelessness, and insurance enrollment.

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