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 University Behavioral Center

University Behavioral Center is a facility that provides intensive mental health services for children, adolescents and adults. We also offer detox programs and treatment for adults. Located on a beautiful 14-acre campus in Orlando, FL, we present a comfortable and home-like environment for all of our patients. Our goal is to provide effective treatment in a secure atmosphere that enables each individual to improve their overall quality of life.

Some of our programs include our adult, adolescent and military program. These programs are dedicated to providing comprehensive, high-quality treatment for mental health and substance use disorder issues.

To schedule a no-cost assessment or for more information, please call 407-287-6802.