In an effort to become more aware of LGBT identities and experiences, and to better serve LGBT individuals, the UCLA Depression Grand Challenge (DGC) assessment team is receiving training on topics such as the social determinants of LGBT mental health. An important component of providing personalized treatment for depression is understanding the unique challenges certain groups face in regard to rates of mental illness and seeking treatment. For example, the risk of depression and anxiety is two times greater among LGBT individuals. In addition to that, LGBT individuals’ experiences of rejection and discrimination in healthcare are associated with medical mistrust and delays in seeking help. By better understanding how LGBT individuals may have unique mental health experiences, the DGC aims to improve its understanding of the complexity of depression as a whole and provide personalized treatment.
Follow the DGC on Twitter and Facebook to celebrate the remainder of Pride Month (June) to learn more about the importance of mental health resources in the context of the LGBT community and how the DGC is working toward a brighter future.
The DGC already offers free depression screening [UCLA internally refers to this as the STAND Program] and treatment resources to all UCLA students through the internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy (iCBT) program.