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NAMI kicked off our efforts to increase inclusion and support of this community with a Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) Listening Session held at the NAMI 2007 annual convention. The resulting proceedings report outlines the specific goals and recomm endations set during this discussion. Click here for more information and to view the Proceedings Document. 

A Mental Health Recovery and Community Integration Guide for GLBTQI Individuals: What You Need to Know - Take a look inside this 12-page colorful booklet

GLBTQI Mental Health: Recommendations for Policies and Services- a companion publication to the above booklet with considerations for service providers and policy makers


From the NAMI Blog

"Loving Our Daughter is Not a Choice, Just Like Who She Truly Is" 
by Annette, NAMI Western Slope (Colo.) [June 2013]

Fact Sheets

Mental Health Issues among Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) People

Double Stigma: GLBT People Living with Mental Illness 

Disparities in Mental Health Treatment among GLBT Populations

Mental Health Risk Factors among GLBT Youth

Tips and Resources for Family and Friends of GLBT Persons

*Contact us at for an example of a one-page synthesis of the above fact sheets.


Featured Videos

 linked video screen shot « Stephen Puibello, member of NAMI's GLBT Networking Group who lives with diagnoses of bipolar disorder and HIV, shares about his web promotion of resources and participation in cycling events to raise funds and awareness of his diagnoses and GLBT mental health supports.
 Suicidal Ideation and Self-Harm in LGBT Youth video feature

« Suicidal Ideation and Self-Harm in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth, March 2012

Findings are part of Project Q2, a longitudinal study of LGBT adolescents and young adults examining individual and sociocultural predictors of mental health, substance use, HIV risk, and resilience.

 Linked video screen shot « Best Practices in GLBT Mental Health Recovery

Rainbow Heights Club's discussion of the importance of a culturally-affirming and empowering mental health and peer support service for GBLT individuals.


















More Research

»Growing Up LGBT in America
Human Rights Campaign report discussing study of over 10,000 LGBT-identified youth aged 13-17. "With an increase in public awareness about anti-LGBT bullying and harassment and the strikingly high number of LGBT youth who are homeless, in foster care, or living in high-risk situations, it is critical that we get a better understanding of the experiences, needs, and concerns of LGBT youth."

»Institute of Medicine March 2011 consesus report, "The Health of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People: Building a Foundation for Better Understanding"

Organizational Links
and Useful Sites

Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists- many resources offered including a directory of therapists who are gay and lesbian affirmative

Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Issues in Counseling

Rainbow Heights Club

The Trevor Project

National Coalition for LGBT Health

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

National Youth Advocacy Coalition

PFLAG: Parents, Families, & Friends of Lesbians and Gays

Pink & Blues
contact Mark Davis, founder of the Philadelphia based GLBT peer support and recovery group, for more information. 
Web site of Stephen Puibello, GLBT-identified NAMI leader and advocate for both LGBT mental health and HIV/AIDS issues.

LGBT Individuals Not Getting Equal Attention in Research  (Aaron Levin, 6/3/11) - The American Psychiatric Association's Psychatric News covers the Institute of Medicine report released in late March that identifies need for increased volume and quality of research addressing health disparities among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.

»Helping Families Support Their Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Children--by Caitlin Ryan, Ph.D., A.C.S.W., Director,
Family Acceptance Project
, San Francisco State University;
 from the National Center for Cultural Competence, Georgetown University Center for Child & Human Development

»Raising Issues: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People Receving Services in the Public Mental Health System November 2004.  A comprehensive report by Dr. Alicia Lucksted detailling the GLBT peoples' experiences receiving mental health services.  Extensive analysis of both mental health care provider and consumer viewpoints, as well as examples of best practices of GLBT-affirmative self help and mental health programs. Executive Summary of Raising Issues report

»American Psycological Association Longitudinal Study on Bisexual Women


More Resources

»Top Health Issues for LGBT Populations, an information and resource kit distributed by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration intended to "equip prevention professionals, healthcare providers, and educators with information on current health issues among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) populations. Includes an overview of terms related to gender identity and sexual expression."

»GLBT Terminology

»Being an Ally for GLBT People

»GLBT Consumers in the Mental Healthcare System

»Creating a GLBT-Affirmative Mental Healthcare Practice

»Suicidal Behavior in GLB Youth

»SAMHSA ADS Center Reducing Stigma and Discrimination among People who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender training powerpoint