COVID-19 has serious implications for the mental health of the 2SLGBTQ+ community. Although youth and young adults are estimated to have the lowest mortality rates from COVID-19 (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2020), they are not immune to its consequences, including as it relates to mental health and well-being. Even prior to the pandemic, 2SLGBTQ+ communities have been found to be at significant increased risk for depression, anxiety, substance use, and suicidality. These risks are even more pronounced among youth who are transgender and/or nonbinary. Thus, the 2SLGBTQ+ community may be particularly vulnerable to negative mental health impacts associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
We know that those of us with 2SLGBTQ+ identities may face extra challenges around getting the right support. And we sometimes have extra needs or concerns.
Remember that different things work for different people at different times. Only try what you feel comfortable with, and try not to put too much pressure on yourself.
To seek help/support or if you want to just talk, do not hesitate to reach out to us!