An Inclusive Model for Digital Mental Health Content Specifically for LGBTQ+ Youth

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An Inclusive Model for Digital Mental Health Content Specifically for LGBTQ+ Youth

Content is healthcare. Healthcare is in the content.

In this Psychiatry Advisor article, you'll learn about:

  • The impact of mental health on LGBTQ+ youth

" Almost half of LGBTQ+ youth have expressed a desire to receive psychotherapy but have limited access to providers trained in affirmative evidence-based care. In addition, some youth fear that seeking care will “out” them to their caregivers. "

  • The gaps and opportunities for digital health to address

" Many mental health start-ups which offer DMH often focus on rapid growth, with the outcome that they tend to cater to the general heterosexual, cisgender population.

Despite the current DMH landscape, studies have found that LGBTQ+ youth are more likely than their peers to use DMH and isolated LGBTQ+ often look online for support and community. "

  • How content can improve mental health outcomes

" In order to provide the best care and to retain use, the column authors emphasized the importance of updating existing content about LGBTQ+ youth to be more inclusive of diversity and to ensure that outdated language and mental illness models are removed. Content creators should be cognizant that there are more than 2 genders and should use gender-neural pronouns. "

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