Why Workplace Mental Health Policies Must Take LGBTQ+ Experiences Into Account

On the heels of Mental Health Awareness Month in May, June commemorating LGBTQ+ Pride Month is a reminder that workplace mental health policies must be cognizant of how different groups are affected by mental health issues. The workplace can be challenging for anyone struggling with their mental health, but research shows it can be an especially unwelcoming place for the LGBTQ+ community. As the National Alliance on Mental Illness notes, LGBTQ+ people must deal not only with the stigma associated with mental health disorders but also the stigma surrounding their sexuality or gender identity. LGBTQ+ individuals experience discrimination and harassment in all spaces in society, and the workplace is no exception.

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