LGBT people are more likely to have chronic health problems than heterosexuals, according to a study published in the Journal of the University of Washington. There are many reasons for this – ranging from lack of access to quality health care, to the fact that mental health problems are common in the LGBT community due to trauma and stress received in the early years. Controlling health and ensuring a better future for physical and mental well-being starts with friends and family.
Informing the public
Mental health problems are one of the major problems facing LGBT people. According to a BBC study, LGBT people have twice as many health problems as their heterosexual peers. The reasons for this are clear: social stigma, childhood trauma, and constant exclusion from society, which, in many cases, does not properly realize sexuality. Breaking the stigma is a crucial part of reducing stress. It not only helps others better understand LGBT issues and care for those with mental health problems, but also allows them to start treatment and long-term care for their own health.
Access to medical services
Many members of the LGBT community do not have access to medical care due to legal or social barriers. Therefore, it is important to look for alternative ways to take care of yourself. In countries where similar barriers exist, the LGBT community should turn to NGOs and other bodies to help them overcome these barriers. NGOs are trying to make healthcare more accessible to those who need it most. In the case of the LGBT community, assistance is mainly related to medicine. This is an important and crucial step for LGBT people when society is unequal.
Health care is important regardless of your identity. The risk of medical problems faced by LGBT individuals is often caused by social attitudes. To eliminate them, a well-functioning system is needed. In this regard, more is being done every year in many countries, but nonetheless, the LGBT community needs to take care of its own health.