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What Is LGBTQ Pride Month?

LGBTQ Pride Month is an annual event that dates back to June 1970, when the first Pride March was conducted. This march took place one year after the 1969 Stonewall Uprising, which is the event currently commemorated during LGBTQ Pride Month.

The Stonewall Uprisings were riots conducted by supporters of the Stonewall Inn. These riots were in resistance to the police persecution and harassment of LGBTQ individuals, and they began a movement that ultimately outlawed discrimination against members of this community.

The Goal Of LGBTQ Pride Month

The goal of LGBTQ Pride Month is to not only remember these riots and the struggles of the LGBTQ community as a whole but also to educate people within the community and outside of the community with regard to key issues that currently face LGBTQ individuals.

In addition, LGBTQ Pride Month includes a variety of celebrations of LGBTQ culture, including parties, concerts, pride parades, and more. Millions of people participate in these celebrations each year.

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Celebrating LGBTQ Pride Month

If you’re a member of the LGBTQ community or simply want to show your support, LGBTQ Pride Month gives you the perfect opportunity.

During this annual celebration, you can participate in a number of ways, such as by joining in parades, attending scheduled events, or even using your influence on social media to celebrate LGBTQ pride and spread awareness of important issues.

During 2020, LGBTQ Pride Month may be a little different in some areas because of social distancing requirements. However, it’s still possible to celebrate Pride Month safely by participating in modified activities that meet CDC guidelines.

Mental Health In The LGBTQ Community

One of the most important issues to consider during LGBTQ Pride Month is mental health.

According to the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, mental health problems are more likely to occur within the LGBTQ community than in the general population, largely because of the struggles and stresses that come along with identifying as a member of this group.

Consider some facts regarding mental health and substance use in the LGBTQ community:

  • young people in the LGBTQ community are more than twice as likely to have suicidal thoughts than the general population; they are more than four times as likely to make a suicide attempt
  • among adults in the LGBTQ community, one in three has a mental illness
  • among transgender individuals, 40 percent will attempt suicide at some point during their lives
  • the Human Rights Campaign Foundation reports that the incidence of substance use disorders among adult members of the
  • LGBQ community is approximately 15 percent, which is nearly twice as a high as heterosexual adults

Mental Health Care That Fits Your Your Life

Although the primary purpose of LGBTQ Pride Month is to celebrate LGBTQ culture, as well as the freedoms members of this community now enjoy, it’s also a good time to talk about mental health and acknowledge it’s okay to ask for help.

Members of this community who are dealing with mental health concerns, such as depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, or substance use disorder, can find the treatment they need from a variety of different sources.

At Vertava Health, we offer a range of on-site treatment options for patients with substance use disorder. We understand that members of the LGBTQ community who struggle with substance use or mental health disorders have a unique background and experience.

For this reason, all of our treatment programs are customized to meet the needs of each individual patient.

Virtual Care To Live Out Your Best Future

For patients who would rather not participate in an on-site treatment program, virtual care services are available from Vertava Health. Vertava Health offers on-demand mental and behavioral healthcare programs based on the patient’s schedule and preferences.

Please contact us to learn more about these options.