LGBTQ+ people with limb loss and limb difference face the same barriers and difficulties as the rest of the community. Research highlighted by Rehab.com demonstrates that LGBTQ+ people bear an additional burden. They “can be subjected to more episodes of inequality, abuse, and rejection than people within other sectors of society.”
According to the Household Pulse Survey in 2021, there are at least 20 million adults in the United States who could be members of the LGBTQ+ community. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration says they are more likely to use drugs and alcohol and to have problems with substance abuse than the general population.
It does not stop there. More than one in three LGBTQ+ people had been the victim of discrimination in the previous year, the Center for American Progress found in 2020. Community members are two to nine times more likely to experience violence, according to the 2017-18 National Crime Victimization Survey.
Rehab.com has compiled a free, informational guide on dealing with mental health issues as a member of the LGBTQ+ community. Topics include common challenges, the effects of addiction, and prevention methods.
The guide includes phone numbers and websites for organizations that can provide urgent help.