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Mental Health

Mental health: disparities and resources
The World Health Organization estimates that by the year 2020, mental illness will be second leading cause of disability and death worldwide. Data from Wisconsin indicate that LGBT people are particularly vulnerable to experiencing adverse mental health conditions. For example, when compared to their heterosexual counterparts:

LGBT youth are:

  • nearly twice as likely to feel so sad or hopeless that they stop doing some usual activities;
  • 4 times as likely to attempt suicide; and
  • 6 times as likely to have a suicide attempt resulting in injury.

LGBT adults are:

  • twice as likely to never or seldom find meaning in life;
  • nearly 3 times as likely to feel sad or depressed; and
  • 7 times as likely to consider suicide.

These findings are consistent with other studies of LGBT mental health, which have found that LGBT people experience higher levels of depression and anxiety than heterosexual people.

The following resources are intended to address mental health issues and disparities affecting the LGBT community.

All external hyperlinks are provided for your information and for the benefit of the general public. The Department of Health Services does not testify to, sponsor, or endorse the accuracy of the information provided on externally linked pages.

Hyperlinks marked with the State icon icon indicate Wisconsin resources.

Aurora HealthcareState icon
Description:
LGBT-friendly family counseling and mental health services 
Resource availability:
Milwaukee

Anxiety disorders in LGBT populations
Description:
Information on anxiety disorders in LGBT populations published by the Pride Institute
Resource availability: Minneapolis, Minnesota, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and internet

Bipolar disorder in LGBT populations
Description:
Information on bipolar disorder in LGBT populations published by the Pride Institute
Resource availability:
Minneapolis, Minnesota, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and internet

Depression in LGBT populations
Description:
Information on depression in LGBT populations published by the Pride Institute
Resource availability:
Minneapolis, Minnesota; Fort Lauderdale, Florida; and Internet

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Description: A 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.
Resource availability: Internet & toll-free hotline: 1-800-273-TALK [8255]

Gay & Bisexual Men

Lesbian & Bisexual Women

Transgender Persons

LGBT Youth LGBT Older Persons Educators Service Providers

Last Revised: June 19, 2014