Many people who identify as LGBTQ+ have had adverse interactions with mental health professionals, including on college campuses. The University if Maryland Prevention Research Center plans to use a recently awarded grant of 3.75 million dollars funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help research the differences that the LGBTQ+ community in particular faces with accessing mental health care. A couple of ways the research center intends to reach this population are by conducting an informational nationwide survey, as well as training mental health practitioners to be more culturally-competent with this population.
Being culturally competent to serve a special population is only part of the picture; there is an increased need for mental health service access among the LGBTQ community, as people who identify as LGBTQ are three times more likely to have a mental health problem. As negative experiences with mental health practitioners is not an uncommon thing for LGBTQ college students to experience, hopefully the results of the research can help improve the reach of better mental health services for them.