As we recognize and celebrate June as LGBTQ+ Pride Month, NAMI NJ is proud to stand with the LGBTQ+ Community.
You are not alone. NAMI NJ is here for you.
One purpose of Pride Month, is to hold time and space for acknowledging and advocating for further acceptance for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. This year, it is more important than ever to acknowledge this month and all it stands for.
NAMI NJ believes that all persons, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, deserve equal access to services and treatments that promote mental wellness. NAMI NJ was proud to be a part of the largest and oldest LGBTQ+ Pride Celebration in the Garden State at NJ’s 30th Annual Statewide LGBTQ+ Pride Celebration on June 5, 2022. And we will continue to stand with the LGBTQ+ community.
To reduce collective trauma, our LGBTQ+ friends and families deserve to live in a society where they are supported. They deserve to not live in fear that creates more stress and mental health challenges.
LGBTQ youth who live in communities, and/or have friends and family that were accepting of LGBTQ+ persons, as well as friends and family who were accepting, were less likely to attempt suicide. (Trevor Project – 2022 National Survey)
NAMI NJ is alarmed by the results of the Trevor Project’s 2022 National Survey on LGBTQ+ Mental Health – that found 45% of LGBTQ+ youth aged 13-24 seriously considered attempting suicide in the past year. 14% attempted suicide, including 19% of transgender and non-binary youth. Of those who wanted mental health care, 60% were unable to get it.
These numbers show that there are still significant barriers to care for the LGBTQ+ community that we must address. They also show that when communities – and the schools, businesses, civic leaders, health providers, and families that comprise them – support LGBTQ+ acceptance, they further public health.
The opposite is also true. Targeting the LGBTQ+ community through policies that limit their access to care, support, and education, or promote false and harmful stereotypes, erodes public health.
NAMI NJ strongly condemns any and all policies that target the LGBTQ+ community to further stigmatize and marginalize the LGBTQ+ population.
Today, and everyday: NAMI NJ stands with the LGBTQ+ community.