Unfortunately, youth who experience the greatest mental health disparities, including youth living in poverty, youth of color, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth, are more likely to have unmet mental health care needs.
LGBTQ youth who lived in the South reported the highest levels of unmet mental health care needs (58%), while LGBTQ youth in the Northeast reported the lowest levels (47%).
Inability to afford care was the most frequently endorsed barrier (53%) to not receiving desired mental health care among all LGBTQ youth.
American Indian/Alaskan Native LGBTQ youth were more concerned that a provider would only focus on their sexual orientation or gender identity (29%) compared to LGBTQ youth overall (16%).
The mental health care system in the U.S. must adapt to the needs of those who are unable to find appropriate mental health care locally by expanding tele-mental health.