Throughout May, Radiant Health Centers joins individuals and organizations nationwide to recognize Mental Health Awareness Month. As the leading provider of LGBTQ+ counseling and mental health services in Orange County, we have witnessed directly the impact these issues have on people in Orange County. For over 70 years, this time of year has been dedicated to promoting mental health education, awareness and advocacy, and we are proud to play our part once again.
Radiant Health Centers Recognizes Mental Health Awareness Month
Mental Health Awareness Month dates back to 1949, and aims to educate the wider public on mental health issues like depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and other concerns. This year’s theme is called Look Around, Look Within. It recognizes the importance of stable housing, healthy home lives – and strong communities – for positive mental health.
Advocates are encouraged to raise awareness through social media, local events and workshops. This month is also a good time to consider using an online mental health screening to identify any symptoms of a potential mental health disorder or condition.
Mental Health and the LGBTQ+ Community
As we have previously reported, Orange County LGBTQ+ youth face mental health disparities. Sadly, younger people in the community are disproportionately affected by various mental health disorders. In fact, according to the Anxiety & Depression Association of America, LGBTQ+ teens are six times more likely to experience symptoms of depression than heterosexual teens.
At Radiant Health Centers, we believe it’s more important than ever to shine a light on these challenges and work towards a future where mental health care is accessible, inclusive and stigma-free for all.
How Radiant Health Centers Is Combating Mental Health Issues
While Radiant Health Centers is widely recognized for its commitment to ending the AIDS epidemic through accessible testing and treatment, counseling and mental health services are equally important to our mission. Improving health and social outcomes is not possible without positive emotional health, and we consistently look for ways to help the community in this area.
Recently, we launched our Youth Drop-In Center in Orange County. Aimed at young LGBTQ+ people ages 12–26, the space is available for mentoring, affirming resources, emotional support and socializing.
With a lack of judgment-free, welcoming areas for young people, the center provides a much-needed space where visitors can be themselves among their peers. Alongside our LGBTQ+ youth and mentorship program, here the younger generation has access to the tools and support needed to elevate their mental health as they progress into adulthood.
Trusted Mental Health and Counseling Services in Orange County
If you or someone you know is in need of mental health support, please contact Radiant Health Centers. Our team is here to provide compassionate, stigma-free care to all members of the LGBTQ+ community. For more information, call our Irvine center at (949) 809-5700 or request an appointment now.
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