The Pride movement is called “pride” for a reason: to recognize and be proud of the impact LGBTQ people have had in the world.
For years, the LGBTQ community has faced hate crimes, bullying, HIV/AIDS, cultural conflicts, and lack of equality and justice, as well as mental health disorders, substance abuse, and eating disorders.
LGBTQ individuals suffer from mental health issues at a disproportionately high rate, and are less likely to seek treatment due to fear of rejection and discrimination. Often, they have been disappointed and even traumatized by rejection and discrimination from their own friends and family, as well as their co-workers and community at large.
For those who are LGBTQ, it is especially challenging to “be yourself” without fear. This fear can cause crippling levels of anxiety and depression. That is why it is so important to adopt a mindset of “pride” around who you are — to be brave. This is not easy to do alone. Not only does it require deep internal reflection and self-discipline, it helps to seek out community, acceptance, diversity and inclusion.
“Pride” is a journey, and having someone to talk to during this journey is extremely important. That is where counseling can be beneficial. If you or someone you know is LGBTQ and has faced rejection, discrimination, bullying or worse, seek help. Having a trusted advocate for your personal health and wellness on your side can make a world of difference.