Members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQ+) community experience greater health disparities and lack of access to high-quality care than do their non-LGBTQ+ counterparts. In a 2020 survey conducted by The Trevor Project, 48% of LGBTQ+ persons seriously considered attempting suicide in the past twelve months, with more than half of transgender and nonbinary youth having seriously considered suicide. With the CDC estimating 11% of the general population with suicidal ideation, the need for care is incredibly high for this population and only exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our CEO, Steven Haden, was pleased to join the National Council for Behavioral Health to discuss strategies for improving care provided to LGBTQ+ communities. In this session, leading voices in the queer community explored the challenges LGBTQ+ individuals currently face in accessing high-quality behavioral health care and opportunities for health providers to remove those barriers to increase access amidst the pandemic.