You are not alone in this journey.
At NAMI Howard County we work to ensure that gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning, or intersex (LGBT) individuals diagnosed with a mental illness have access to the same sensitivity and quality of services as anyone else.
Mental illnesses are medical conditions that cause changes in a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others, and daily functioning, which can make coping with the ordinary demands of life difficult.
These illnesses are common––one in four adults experience a mental health disorder in a given year––and, like many other common medical conditions, mental illnesses are treatable.
Mental illnesses affect individuals regardless of their sexuality, gender, age, race/ethnicity, religion, or income.
While identifying as LGBT is not mental illness in and of itself, research suggests that people who identify as LGBT are likely to be at higher risk for depression, anxiety, and substance use disorders.
Mental illness is often stigmatized as so, too, can be identifying as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning or intersex. A LGBT person with mental illness may experience distress known as double stigma.
One of the most important things to understand about having a mental illness is that most people can and do recover and continue to lead meaningful lives. At NAMI Howard County we help each other rebuild lives, promote a better understanding of mental illness, dispel societal stigma and work towards the process of recovery.
Recovery is a journey of towards wellness and transformation enabling a person with a mental illness to live a meaningful life in the community while striving to achieve your full potential.
Please explore our programs page and call to register for a Peer-to-Peer or Family-to-Family class. Join us on Monday evenings for NAMI Connection, a recovery model in which individuals who live with serious mental illnesses share experiences in safe, confidential environments and support each other. The 90-minute meetings also help to overcome the isolation often experienced by mental health consumers. The group meets every Monday, 6:30 – 8 p.m. at Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Rd., Columbia, 21044.
If you would like help finding local resources or if you would like to schedule a community specific presentation, call our office at (410) 772 – 9300.
- LGBT Help Line: (for all ages, lines open 6pm-11pm EST): (888) 340-4528
- LGBT Suicide Prevention Hotline: (800) 850-8078
- LGBT Youth Peer Listening Line: (lines open 5pm-11pm EST) (800) 399-PEER (7337)
- National Allianceon Mental Illness HelpLine: (800) 950-NAMI (6264)
- GLBT National Hotline: 1 888 THE GLNH (1 888 843 4564)
- The Rainbow Heights Club, Brooklyn, NY: www.rainbowheights.org
- Hearts & Ears, Inc., Baltimore, MD: www.heartsandears.org
- The Trevor Project is a 24/7 suicide & crisis prevention helpline for gay and questioning youth: www.TheTrevorProject.org
- Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists: http://www.aglp.org/
- Gay and Lesbian Medical Association: www.glma.org.
- GLBT National Help Center provides free and confidential telephone, and email peer counseling and local resources for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning callers throughout the US: http://www.glbtnationalhelpcenter.org/
Community specific fact sheets and the NAMI publication, A Mental Health Recovery and Community Integration Guide for GLBTQI Individuals: What You Need to Know are available for download below.