mental health

Addressing Opioid Use Disorder in the LGBTQ Community

Addressing Opioid Use Disorder in the LGBTQ Community

There is a higher prevalence of substance use disorders, including opioid use disorder, in the LGBT community. A new report addresses the reason for this disparity and the ways providers can address it.

LGBTQ Veterans Feel Uncomfortable Seeking Care at VA

LGBTQ Veterans Feel Uncomfortable Seeking Care at VA

Even with the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, many vets still feel uncomfortable seeking care at the VA. One organization is seeking to address this issue with mental health and substance abuse treatment that requires staff to have cultural competency for military and LGBTQ communities.

Sexual Minority Women Less Likely to Seek Mental Health and Alcohol Treatment

Sexual Minority Women Less Likely to Seek Mental Health and Alcohol Treatment

An Australian study found that very few same-sex attracted women (SSAW) utilize treatment for alcohol and mental health related issues, despite increased rates of related problems. The authors suggest that the enabling of SSAW to have a regular doctor could improve service use and that patients should feel comfortable disclosing sexual identity to their provider, as this is also predictive of treatment use.

Community and Social Support Impact LGB Health Outcomes

Community and Social Support Impact LGB Health Outcomes

A recent study looked at the relationship between support for same-sex marriage in local communities in Australia and LGB health and wellbeing. Poor levels of social support were an important mechanism linking community support of same-sex marriage to the health of LGB people.

An Integrated Approach: Geriatric Transgender Mental Healthcare

An Integrated Approach: Geriatric Transgender Mental Healthcare

For older individuals struggling with gender identity, mental healthcare providers are often a primary entry point into the healthcare system. New research suggests hidden strengths: integration of family-centered and interdisciplinary care teams.

Using Chosen Names for Trans Youth Helps Reduce Risk of Suicide and Depression

Using Chosen Names for Trans Youth Helps Reduce Risk of Suicide and Depression

For transgender youth with chosen names that differ from the one given to them at birth, use of their chosen name in multiple contexts is associated with reduced mental health risks, according to a recent study. Providers and other people who interact with trans youth can support them and their mental health by using their chosen name.

Medicare Shines Light on Gender Minority Health Disparities

Medicare Shines Light on Gender Minority Health Disparities

Lack of visibility of trans and gender nonconforming (T/GNC) people in the healthcare literature and databases is a serious public health problem. Broad studies of T/GNC people like the one reported here are needed to relay information about the health needs of elderly and disabled T/GNC communities, which face incredible inequity and disparity.