Increasing Awareness of Mental Health Difficulties
Since 1994, LGBT History Month has been observed in October, celebrating the achievements of LGBTQIA+ icons and their contributions to our history, providing role models, and building community. Creative Care would like to take a moment to recognize and honor these individuals and increase awareness of the difficulties these individuals face – particularly concerning mental health – as a result of societal stigma, discrimination, and denial of their civil and human rights. Since 2006, Equality Forum has chosen 31 LGBTQIA+ icons and has highlighted one for each day of LGBT History Month. Today, we would like to take a closer look at one of this year’s icons, Janelle Monáe.
Celebrating an Icon
Janelle Monáe is a recording artist who has received 4 gold records and 8 Grammy nominations, including 1 for Album of the Year. Over the course of her career, she has collaborated with everyone from Brian Wilson and Prince to Thundercat and Grimes. She has also acted in a number of films including Hidden Figures and the Best Picture-winning Moonlight. Monáe came out as pansexual in a 2018 Rolling Stone interview, adding “I want young girls, young boys, nonbinary, gay, straight, queer people who are having a hard time dealing with their sexuality, dealing with feeling ostracized or bullied for just being their unique selves, to know that I see you.” She has also been outspoken about the importance of mental health and therapy, talking to Shape magazine about working through her abandonment issues and the freedom one can feel upon identifying their trauma.
LGTBQIA+-Affirming Therapy at Creative Care
According to a 2015 SAMSHA survey, individuals who identify as LGBTQIA+ are twice as likely to struggle with mental health compared to their heterosexual cisgender peers. Furthermore, these individuals are almost three times more likely to experience a major depressive episode (MDE). They are also more than four times more likely to suffer from an MDE with severe impairment.
Additionally, many in the LGBTQIA+ community, especially those in rural parts of the country, lack access to culturally sensitive mental health treatment. Creative Care believes that the acceptance of LGBTQIA+ clients as worthy of the highest level of care is innate to our mission. Specifically, to create bridges and tear down walls. As a response, we have devised a strategy that compassionately incorporates all facets of the client’s sexual identity into treatment. We prioritize inclusivity and safety for all
Innovative, Creative Care
Since 1989, we have helped hundreds of clients overcome their mental health difficulties with cutting-edge, compassionate care. Creative Care coordinates our services to treat each client holistically from admissions to aftercare.
Those services may include:
- Individual and group counseling
- Family or couples therapy
- Art therapy
- Nutrition group
- Equine group
- Yoga and other relaxation therapy
We work as a team to help you manage your symptoms and live a new life of happiness and fulfillment. If you or someone you love is struggling with mental health, start the recovery process today. Call Creative Care at 855-954-0762.