One of the greatest strengths we as LGBTQ+ people have is our sense of community. Our trials, tribulations, and triumphs are the bonds that link us, reminding us that we are never alone.
Love, Me, Pride Media's new editorial, video, and social media series gives a voice to those who are struggling to overcome severe treatment resistant depression by documenting stories of notable people who are brave enough to share how they continue to face depression each and every day.
According to research from the Anxiety & Depression Association of America, LGBTQ+ adults are three times more likely than straight adults to experience a mental health disorder. In fact, 40 percent of LGBTQ+ adults reported having a mental illness in the last year versus 18 percent of straight adults. Even more disturbing, LGBTQ+ teens are six times as likely to experience depression than straight teens.
The numbers are staggering, which is why Pride Media aims to remind readers that living with depression is not something to be ashamed of. Empowerment is the key toward healing and growth. The only we'll get there is by reminding ourselves that depression is a journey we never have to take alone.
Join us as we speak with Daniel Henson, designer and founder of LEISURE LAB (coming to Out.com on April 22), Demarco Majors, former basketball star (coming to Advocate.com on May 6), Dizz, Canadian musician and member of the band rlVerse (coming to HIVPlusMag.com on May 27), and Mary Lambert, Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter (coming to Advocate.com on June 17).
If you have or are contemplating suicide, please know there is a well of support out there to help. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255 can be reached 24 hours a day by people of all ages and identities. If you are a trans or gender-nonconforming person considering suicide, the Trans Lifeline can be reached at (877) 565-8860. The Trevor Project is the world's largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ+ youth (ages 24 and younger). Trained counselors at the Trevor Project Lifeline can be reached 24/7 at (866) 488-7386, by texting START to 678678, or via the TrevorChat instant messaging service at TheTrevorProject.org/Help.