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Overcoming the Mental Health Challenges That Face the LGBTQIA+ Community

Mental health experts share insight on the gaps in care for the LGBTQIA+ community and resources to receive help.



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The LGBTQIA+ community faces many mental health concerns or conditions, as well as health disparities. According to the American Psychology Association, LGBTQIA+ individuals are more than twice as likely as heterosexual men and women to have a mental health disorder in their lifetime.

For the full hour, we speak with psychologist Dr. Jeff Temple and therapist and social worker Margaret Mayer, LMSW, of Eddins Counseling Group about the unique challenges faced by the LGBTQIA+ community.

We discuss the common mental disorders prevalent in LGBTQIA+ individuals, the importance of acceptance and the effects it can have on mental health, and why it's important to seek treatment and better advocate for one's health.


If you are in crisis, call or text the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988.

The Trevor Project: you can chat with them online at You can also call them at 866-488-7386 or text "START" to 678-678.

An organization in Houston that provides services to the LGBTQIA+ community is The Montrose Center, visit their website at or call their 24-hour helpline at 713-529-3211.

For the Harris Center for Mental Health & IDD 24/7 crisis line, call 713-970-7000.

For Trans Lifeline's 24-hour hotline call 877-565-8860.



Dr. Jeff Temple

  • Psychologist
  • Vice Dean for Research and Scholarship at the School of Nursing, UTMB Health
  • John Sealy Distinguished Chair in Community Health, UTMB Health
  • Director of the Center for Violence Prevention, UTMB Health

Margaret Mayer, LMSW

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