In Savannah, A Conversation About Mental Health In The LGBT+ Community

Jun 27, 2019

There has been a huge push to end the stigma, the bigotry and intolerance surrounding the LGBT+ community.  

 

But despite that, for many people who identify as LGBT+, there are still  experiences and memories of discrimination, violence and familial rejection which are recognized as significant factors contributing to mental health concerns.

 

 

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, LGBT+ individuals are almost three times more likely than others to experience a mental health condition, such as major depression and anxiety disorder.

 

The nonprofit group Resources To Recover also found that only 1 in 3 Georgians with mental illness get the help they need.

 

In Savannah, people will gather on Thursday to discuss mental health in a 'Lets Talk' Community discussion at Asbury United Methodist Church.

 

GPB's Leah Fleming spoke with ELLA foundation Executive Director Charity Lee about the event and her own struggle with mental health after her youngest daughter was murdered by her 13 year old son in 2007.