According to one study, LGBTQ+ youth are more than four times as likely to die by suicide as their peers. Furthermore, those that are a part of the LGBTQ+ community of all ages are at greater risk for suicide and mental health disorders than people who are not in the LGBTQ+ community. Although LGBTQ+ people have gained a greater measure of acceptance in recent decades, many members of the community still experience high levels of isolation from family and peers, victimization, and general feelings of not belonging. These can lead to depression and anxiety, substance abuse disorders, and suicidal thoughts.
Family Therapists and Other Forms of Community Service
If you or a loved one find themselves contemplating suicide, it is important to know that there are many resources out there for the LGBTQ+ community. Family therapists who specialize in working with members of the community are an excellent place to start. Talking with a therapist can help you feel like your concerns are being heard and acknowledged.
In addition, there are many LGBTQ+ organizations, such as The Trevor Project, devoted to community inclusion and suicide prevention. They have an anonymous, toll-free hotline where you can speak to a trained counselor at any time of the day, as well as a wide range of other resources to help people who are having suicidal thoughts.
Treating Depression and Anxiety
Talking to family therapists or taking advantage of community service resources can be an excellent way to combat depression and anxiety. In addition, a psychiatrist may be helpful in prescribing antidepressants or other medications. Finally, for cases of depression that resist these forms of treatment, ketamine infusion therapy may be another option. This innovative treatment has been proven highly effective in treating depression and can often offer instant relief from feelings of hopelessness.
If you’re interested in learning more, contact Ketamine Greater Boston for further information or to schedule an appointment.