In the journey toward mental health and recovery from substance use, it’s crucial to find care that not only addresses your specific needs but also respects and celebrates your identity. For individuals who identify as LGBTQ+, the search for inclusive and specialized inpatient care can be challenging, but it’s a crucial step toward healing and growth.

LGBTQ+ Youth: Navigating Identity and Mental Health

Understanding the Challenges

LGBTQ+ youth often face unique mental health challenges related to their identity. The stress of coming out, discrimination and societal stigma can lead to higher rates of anxiety, depression and even substance use among LGBTQ+ adolescents. Acceptance and support from family, friends and the community play a significant role in their mental well-being.

Specialized Care

When seeking inpatient mental health and substance use care for LGBTQ+ youth, look for facilities that offer specialized programs. These programs typically include LGBTQ+ affirming therapy, support groups and a safe, inclusive environment where young individuals can explore their identity while receiving the necessary treatment.

Family Involvement

In many cases, family support is essential for the recovery of LGBTQ+ youth. Choose facilities that involve families in therapy and education to foster understanding and create a supportive home environment.

LGBTQ+ Adults: Addressing Unique Mental Health Needs

Mental Health Disparities

LGBTQ+ adults often experience higher rates of mental health issues, including depression, anxiety and suicidal ideation. Discrimination, past trauma and the fear of coming out or being rejected by loved ones can contribute to these disparities.

Trauma-Informed Care

Seek out inpatient care facilities that offer trauma-informed therapy. Many LGBTQ+ individuals have experienced trauma related to their identity, and trauma-informed care can help address these underlying issues.

Substance Use and Recovery

Substance use issues can be particularly challenging for LGBTQ+ adults. The intersection of substance use and mental health disorders, known as co-occurring disorders, requires specialized treatment.

Finding the Right Care for You


Start by researching facilities that specifically mention LGBTQ+ affirming care. Look for reviews and testimonials from LGBTQ+ individuals who have received treatment there.


Schedule a consultation with the facility to discuss your unique needs and concerns. Ask about their approach to LGBTQ+ care, staff training and support for family involvement.

Visit the Facility

Whenever possible, visit the facility in person to get a feel for the environment and meet with staff members.

Trust Your Instincts

Ultimately, trust your instincts when choosing a facility. Select the one that aligns best with your values and comfort level.

Remember that seeking help is a sign of strength, and there is specialized care available to support your mental health and recovery journey as an LGBTQ+ individual. You deserve compassionate and inclusive care that respects your identity and provides the tools you need to thrive. Reach out, take that step and know that healing is possible. You are not alone on this path to wellness.

About La Amistad Behavioral Health Services

La Amistad Behavioral Health is a professional facility that offers treatment to adults and adolescents. We provide healthcare that residents recommend to family and friends, as well as the kind that employees take great pride in. What sets us apart are our incredible resources which includes our wellness center, learning academy and trauma recovery services. We also offer a homelike, nurturing environment that encourages healing and growth to all of our patients.

Some conditions we treat are depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress and bipolar disorder. Our programs to help aid with this treatment are our adult, adolescent, partial hospitalization program (PHP) and intensive outpatient program (IOP). We also pride ourselves on having a serene atmosphere that supports a healthy and successful recovery. Our two locations which are both minutes outside of Orlando, FL are in Maitland and Winter Park, FL.

To schedule a no-cost assessment or for more information, please call 1-407-647-0660.