Everyone holds multiple identities that are important to them. These identities have to do with one’s race, ethnicity, religion, socio-economic status, age and much more. We want to be comfortable sharing our identities with those we love. But for some, this can be a scary experience.
Those in the LGBTQ+ community may be more hesitant to share their identities of gender or sexual orientation with loved ones out of the concern that they will be rejected. The differing opinions on these identities and the reality that some people in this community are rejected by friends and family have caused increased mental health struggles and rates of suicidal ideation for individuals who identify as LGBTQ+.
Because the mental health challenges these individuals face are largely caused by discrimination, rejection and the fear of rejection, we must be prepared to support our loved ones who come out as LGBTQ+.
If you or someone you know feel that you need extra support, Centerstone is here for you. Call us today at 1-877-HOPE123 (877-467-3123) to connect with us.
If you are in crisis, please call our crisis line, call 911 or visit the nearest emergency room.
If you're still having trouble and would like to reach out to someone about counseling or other Centerstone services, contact us.