LGBQ students often go off-campus for mental health help

Posted on June 5th, 2017

Campus mental health services at colleges and universities may not be accessible enough to lesbian, gay, bisexual, questioning and queer (LGBQ) students, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that LGBQ students in California were more likely to need and use mental health services than their heterosexual peers, but they were also more likely to seek that help off-campus.

“There may be opportunities for college campuses to dig into this and see if there are things that they could be doing to make services more welcoming and available to LGBQ students,” said senior author Dr. Bradley Stein, of the RAND Corporation in Pittsburgh.

The findings are drawn from online survey data collected for the California Mental Health Services Authority (CalMHSA) from 33,220 students at 33 colleges and universities in the state. All of the schools had formal on-campus mental health services.

LGBQ people experience depression more often and report needing mental health services more often than heterosexuals, he and his colleagues note in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

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