Week 3: Depression #MHM #MHAM

Week 3: Depression American Psychological Association (APA) Make The Connection MedLinePlus National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) VA Mental Health Depression in the LGBT Population (Healthline)Depression affects LGBT people at higher rates than the heterosexual population, and LGBT youths are more likely than heterosexual students to report high levels of drug use and feelings of depression. Understanding Anxiety & Depression for LGBTQ People (Anxiety & … Continue reading Week 3: Depression #MHM #MHAM

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Summary for LGBTQ Mil/Vet Commission Bill Added

Update (05/13/2021) A bill summary was added today: This bill establishes the Commission to Study the Stigmatization, Criminalization, and Ongoing Exclusion and Inequity for LGBTQ Servicemembers and Veterans. The Commission must identify and compile information about the history of military policy regarding homosexuality from 1778 onward, including regarding lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) sexual orientation and gender identity. The Commission must hold public … Continue reading Summary for LGBTQ Mil/Vet Commission Bill Added

Mental Health Issues for LGBTQ+ Veterans #MHM #MHAM

When it comes to LGBTQ+ Veterans, the VA separates lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) Veterans and transgender/intersex Veterans. The differentiation is not discriminatory; it is necessary because the VA recognizes that LGB and transgender/intersex Veterans face different health issues. Mental health for LGBTQ+ Veterans is multilayered due to the progress of military equality starting with the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) policy … Continue reading Mental Health Issues for LGBTQ+ Veterans #MHM #MHAM

It’s Mental Health Month

May is known as Mental Health Month, or Mental Health Awareness Month, and it has been observed in the United States since 1949. Started by Mental Health America (MHA), Mental Health Month exists to raise awareness and educate the public about mental illness, the realities of living with mental illness, and strategies for attaining mental health and wellness. Additionally, the month draws attention to suicide … Continue reading It’s Mental Health Month

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May 2021 Observances

Do you ever wonder how organizations, businesses, and individuals know when a certain observance or awareness month, week, or day is? If so, below is a tailored list of observances for the month of May 2021 specifically for military, Veterans, and LGBTQ+ folx. We may issue graphics for some of the events listed below. Because there are so many events and awareness campaigns, the listing … Continue reading May 2021 Observances

Trans Resilience & Military Service: Transgender & Non-Binary Veterans #TDOV

Transgender people have served in all branches of the U.S. military and are a rich part of history. Here are some notable Veterans: Kristin BeckBeck served 20 years in the U.S. Navy Seals where she was a member of the Naval Special Warfare Development Group and the special counter-terrorism unit SEAL Team Six. For her service, Beck was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat Distinguishing … Continue reading Trans Resilience & Military Service: Transgender & Non-Binary Veterans #TDOV

#TDOV: Transgender Veterans

Did You Know Over 134,000 U.S. Veterans are estimated to be transgender and, before the transgender military ban was lifted in 2021, there were over 15,000 transgender people serving in the U.S. military Transgender people are at least two to three times more likely to have served in the U.S. military; motivated by patriotism, life direction, and family history of service, transgender people may have … Continue reading #TDOV: Transgender Veterans

Today is the International Transgender Day of Visibility #TDOV

Today is International Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV) 2021! March 31st is known International Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV). First celebrated in 2009, this day was founded by Rachel Crandall, a Michigan-based transgender activist as a “reaction to the lack of LGBT recognition of transgender people.” Rachel was inspired because, up until that point, there wasn’t an observance specifically honoring the many achievements and contributions of … Continue reading Today is the International Transgender Day of Visibility #TDOV