The National Institute of Mental Health defines mental health as “how we think, feel, and act as we cope with life.” Like physical health, psychological health is important at every stage of life. It helps us determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make decisions.
Everyone feels worried, nervous, sad or stressed sometimes. But with a mental illness, these feelings persist and are serious enough to interfere with your daily life. If you have a mental illness, you are not alone. In fact, they affect about one in five families in the United States. The LGBT community is at a higher risk for mental health concerns. Many believe this is because they have the added stress of struggling to consolidate stigmatized sexual or gender identities, making choices about coming out to family and friends, fear of prejudice, and being at increased risk of violence.
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