August 16, 2022

Spinning out of the Going There with Dr. Mike podcast introduced by Consequence and Sound Thoughts Dwell, the month-to-month “Ask Dr. Mike” column is right here to reply listeners’ questions. As we wrap up Pleasure Month, Dr. Mike is right here to information us by way of the psychological well being results of anti-LGBTQ+ discrimination.

During the last month of Pleasure, members of the queer group and allies alike have celebrated how great and life-affirming it may be when folks can freely discover, embrace, and categorical their genuine sexuality and gender identification. With the ability to dwell brazenly as an LGBTQ+ particular person can radically bolster a person’s sense of psychological well being and well-being. The spirit of Pleasure is to construct a world wherein everybody can dwell in a free and open approach to embrace who they’re and love who they need.

In a super world, we all know our gender and sexuality from an early age and we’ve supportive household, mates, faculties, and companies that make us really feel secure and supported. Sadly, many individuals wrestle to grasp and embrace their genuine gender identification and sexuality, and sometimes face discrimination all through their lives.

Members of the LGBTQ+ group are at vital danger for going through mistreatment in lots of varieties – from seemingly benign jokes to bodily assault, in addition to denial of equal rights underneath the legislation. Queer folks can face criticism, rejection, and varied types of abuse from their very own households, whereas additionally coping with discrimination in public life just like the office or politics. The Supreme Court docket’s latest ruling on Dobbs v. Jackson Girls’s Well being Group has raised the specter of diminished equality underneath the legislation for LGBTQ+ people, together with the potential lack of marriage equality.

The emotional, bodily, social, and monetary stress of those sorts of anti-LGBTQ+ bias and discrimination may be extremely damaging to the psychological well being and well-being of members of the queer group. Actually, analysis has proven that such bigotry predicts elevated despair, anxiousness, and substance abuse within the queer group. It’s thus vital that we not solely work on decreasing anti-LGBTQ+ behaviors and beliefs, but additionally assist queer folks address this discrimination to reduce the possibly damaging psychological well being results.

This month on the Going There with Dr. Mike Podcast, we spoke with the musicians SOAK, MUNA, and The Aces in regards to the distinctive stressors that members of the queer group face. Along with sharing their very own experiences, every artist shared their very own tales about coping with the damaging psychological well being results they confronted. Primarily based on these discussions, listed below are 4 potential methods and ideas that may assist handle the unfavourable psychological well being results of anti-LGBTQ+ bias and discrimination:

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