It is clear both overt and covert actions of discrimination affect the psyche of members of the LGBTQIA+ community. When providing mental health care for underserved communities, such as LGBTQIA+, it is important for us to keep in mind the historical context and collective agreement among LGBTQIA+ community members that there is a common experience of mistreatment. Health care providers must understand this collective trauma does shape the identities of the LGBTQIA+ community members. They may also face other intersectionalities of discrimination, such as age, race, ethnicity, religion, and/or disability. Acts of discrimination can take shape as microaggressions, which can feel like an act of prejudice towards the recipient. The experience of microaggressions can lead to many health concerns, such as depression, anxiety, and physical health problems. Mental Health Partners continues to train staff in cultural competence, in order to provide quality mental health care that is diverse and inclusive.
Crisis and Prevention