Lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender people may be more susceptible to mental health problems than heterosexual people due to a range of factors, including discrimination and inequalities. Positively, there is a growing acceptance of the LGBT community in recent years. However, there is a clear need for greater evidence on how impactful policies and practices can be effectively implemented to combat inequalities and disadvantage for the LGBT community. Here are some of the statistics regarding mental health in the LGBT community:
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Research suggests that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals face health disparities stemming from societal stigma, discrimination, and denial of civil and human rights. Discrimination and the stress it causes for those in the LGBT community has been linked to high rates of psychiatric disorders, substance abuse, and suicide. LGBT people are also less likely to have health insurance coverage than their heterosexual counterparts. This infographic is meant to bring some of these issues to light with the aid of dependable data and graphical representation. If more people are aware of such disparities, hopefully we can work together to bring about better health outcomes for the LGBT community.