LGBTQ healthcare equality
Discover how LGBTQ+ patients with mental health conditions can find a safe space in Dominion Hospital's award-winning therapy programs.
Dominion Hospital is a recognized leader in regards to equality and inclusion of LGBTQ patients, visitors and staff. At Dominion, we are proud to provide care that is affirming and inclusive. We have been recognized as a top performer for LGBTQ healthcare equality for three consecutive years.
If you live with a mental health condition and identify as LGBTQ it is important to prioritize your mental health. Not all members of the LGBTQ community will have the same experiences. However, discrimination, prejudice, denial of civil and human rights, harassment and family rejection are still tragically common for people with these identities.
LGBTQ people with mental health conditions may also find themselves fighting a double stigma. Many will experience prejudice based on their sexual and/or gender identity as well as the stigma associated with mental illness. Confronting these challenges and mental health symptoms with an LGBTQ-inclusive therapist can lead to better outcomes, and even recovery.
Early intervention, comprehensive treatment and family support are key to helping LGBTQ people live well with a mental health condition. But many people in this community struggle in silence--and face worse health outcomes as a result.
- LGB adults are more than twice as likely as heterosexual adults to experience a mental health condition
- LGBTQ people are at a higher risk than the general population for suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts
- High school students who identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual are almost five times as likely to attempt suicide compared to their heterosexual peers
- 48% of all transgender adults report that they have considered suicide in the past 12 months, compared to 4% of the overall US population (National Alliance on Mental Illness, 2019)
Your confidentiality and privacy are of the upmost concern to us at Dominion Hospital. For all individuals, we offer counseling for anyone dealing with emotional, behavioral or mental health issues. We value the members of our community and support local organizations who advocate for adult and youth LGBTQ rights.
For additional help, please see our list of various LGBTQ resources for more information.