Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Very Interesting!

It is so nice to live in a state that “Gets It!” we have a lot of faults here in Connecticut and there are still a lot of people who don’t get it but in general we are better off than most states.
Becoming Myself: A Transgender Perspective on Behavioral Health *Advisory*

“Becoming Myself:  A Transgender Perspective on Behavioral Health” tells the stories of four transgender residents and the behavioral health challenges they faced as transgender individuals. People who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) face greater health threats than their heterosexual peers, partly because of differences in sexual behavior and partly because of social and structural inequities, such as stigma and discrimination. This includes not only threats to their physical health, but to their mental health as well.
While the federal government is taking LGBT stuff down from their websites Connecticut is posting what services are available for us.
For more information about mental health programs and services available for members of the LGBT community, go to www.ct.gov/dmhas/lgbt.
Following that link to…
Programs and Services for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender
People with Mental Health and/or Substance Abuse Issues    

Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) have begun in DMHAS state-operated facilities. GSAs support people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) and their allies by creating safe environments in mental health and substance abuse facilities to support each other.

Recovery is a challenging process. So is the process of coming out as being lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. We have found that having a safe space for people to be supported within our treatment facilities is very helpful.

GSAs are not just for LGBT people. Allies of LGBT people are welcomed and an important part of the mission of GSAs. Partnership with allies provides mutual support to LGBT people and our allies.

Our hope is one day GSAs will exist throughout the DMHAS system. 
How great is that!

Let’s see if Texas or Tennessee or Kentucky will support GSAs.

One word of caution that link for the video doesn’t play the video but downloads it and it is a very large file (1.7 GB).

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