Palm Springs and the surrounding community support a beautifully diverse and eclectic living environment for the LGBTQ community. According to the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI), the risk of a mental health condition such as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder is almost three times as high for youth and adults who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered or questioning. This also applies to those with a sexuality that does not apply to any existing category. Data from The Trevor Project reported that suicide rates are significantly higher for our LGBTQ youth (10-24) and these individuals are twice as likely to abuse substances. Therapy focused on your specific needs is an important step to experience support, validation, and acceptance in your life.