June is LGBT and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month!

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is a mental illness that an individual can have after witnessing or experiencing a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, combat, or sexual assault. Anyone can experience PTSD, including children. Some of the symptoms of PTSD include flashbacks, new negative beliefs about yourself, avoidance, and paranoia. Often, PTSD can occur with other mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, and drug and alcohol abuse. Remember, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is not a sign of weakness!

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SAMHSA Programs & Initiatives for the LGBT Community

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Resources on the LGBT population include national survey reports, agency and federal initiatives, and related behavioral health resources.

SAMHSA’s LGBT-focused efforts include the following:

 

 

  • Encouraging states to consider LGBT needs in administering their SAMHSA Block Grants resources
  • Including a sexual and gender minority focus in funding announcements where it is appropriate
  • Supporting the inclusion of sexual orientation questions in the National Survey on Drug Use and Health
  • Providing targeted technical assistance to grantees and other stakeholders
  • Issuing guidance on the implementation of the Supreme Court’s decision in U.S. v. Windsor related to the federal definitions of “spouse” and “marriage”

SAMHSA contributes to developing national data collection protocols and expanding health services for LGBT individuals. Multiple training efforts for behavioral health service providers have and will continue to improve service delivery and outcomes for LGBT individuals.

SAMHSA Behavioral Health Resources