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To learn more about Talkspace and the LGBT community, visit this page.According to the National Association for Mental Illness (NAMI), LGBT individuals are almost 3 times more likely than others to experience a mental health condition such as major depression or generalized anxiety disorder.Because of discrimination and stigma, gay, bisexual and transgender populations are three times as likely — compared to heterosexuals — to develop mental health issues such as depression, anxiety and substance abuse.LGBT youth are four times more likely to attempt suicide.Last Wednesday you signed into law a bill that gives therapists in Tennessee the legal right to deny clients services based on their sexual orientation.Regardless of the vague language and legalese you have hid behind in your defense of the bill, we know its primary purpose is to deny the LGBT community in Tennessee access to mental health care. Imagine a world where anyone could refuse service to people based on their sexual orientation.I have been through a lot of therapists but I think he has the fastest positive impact, also the strongest. ” “Robert is really good at understanding the patient and at giving specific and helpful advice.
As the co-founder of Talkspace, an online therapy company that provides therapy to all and has a large number of LGBT clients, I know all too well the difficulties the LGBT population has getting access to mental health care.People need therapists to prevent and treat mental health issues that affect all of us.Unlike your bill, mental illness does not discriminate. Reverse your decision and make sure nobody can be denied access to mental health care based on their sexual orientation. It is immoral for any government to withhold such a vital service from its citizens.In his "retirement," Johnny helped found Chutzpah and then Keshet Shalom.He worked on several committees including the Jewish Queer Culture Committee and was a volunteer at Casey House.
His courage, struggle, perseverance and love of life was an inspiration to all of us.