a monthly newsletter from Integral Care
a monthly newsletter from Integral Care
June is Pride Month, celebrated each year to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising, a tipping point for the queer rights movement in the United States. Pride Month celebrates lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals’ impact on history locally, nationally, and internationally. It is an opportunity to raise awareness of the facts around LGBTQIA+ behavioral health and access to services, as well as to share resources to educate the public and improve the well-being of the LGBTQIA+ community.
Due to experiences of discrimination, social stigma, and lack of access to affirming healthcare, members of the LGBTQIA+ community experience mental health issues at more than twice the rate of others. In fact, 61% have depression, 45% have PTSD, and 36% have an anxiety disorder. Transgender individuals experience even more significant health disparities because they are less likely to have health insurance, more likely to live in poverty due to a lack of employment non-discrimination protections. For example, transgender individuals are 15 times more likely to consider suicide than cisgender individuals. Detailed data is available through this fact sheet produced by the American Psychiatric Association.
Below we’ve put together some helpful resources in celebration of Pride Month.
I hope these resources build awareness, help reduce stigma and improve access to care this month and beyond. Integral Care is committed to improving the health and well-being of LGBTQIA+ adults and children throughout Travis County. It’s crucial to achieving our vision of Healthy Living for Everyone.
Chief Executive Officer
Breaking Barriers to Care for People Living with or at Risk of Getting HIV
Our C.A.R.E. program has added a new service to their important work supporting people living with or at risk of getting HIV who also experience mental health and/or substance use issues. Team members are now going out into the community, meeting people where they are. C.A.R.E.’s Community Health Workers (CHW) outreach team’s goal is to increase linkage to and retention in substance use treatment, mental health and medical care for people experiencing homelessness and other barriers to entering treatment or recovery services. In the past eight months, they have served over 1,000 individuals across 30 counties.
The CHW outreach team also provides harm reduction education and materials, including Naloxone kits to reverse an opioid overdose, safer sex kits (condoms and lube), needle cleaning kits and safer smoking kits. In 4 years, the C.A.R.E. program has trained 221 unique individuals to reverse an opioid overdose with a Naloxone kit. Forty-three successful overdose reversals have been reported to us in the past 2 years alone.
We’d like to extend a special thank you to the (CHW) outreach team, mental health clinicians and administrative staff.
LGBTQIA+ Mental Health Virtual Forum
In honor of Pride Month, Integral Care will host a virtual community forum focused on mental health and the LGBTQIA+ community. The date will be announced shortly for this guided conversation, followed by audience questions. Experts from across Travis County will explore how stigma and discrimination can increase mental health challenges, how to reach out and support a loved one who is LGBTQIA+ and how to access gender affirming mental health and substance use disorder care.
Jessica Pedrick, MEd (she/her/hers), Integral Care’s Clinical Manager of Special Projects, will moderate the panel. Audience members will have an opportunity to submit questions in advance of the forum (during registration) and ask questions at the end of the discussion.
Check Out Our Fiscal Year 2020 Annual Report
2020 was a year like no other. Through our first digital-only FY2020 Annual Report, learn about our work during the year:
Integral Care is committed to the health and well-being of our community every day – in good times and bad. If this year has taught us one thing, it’s that we are stronger together.
Help Austin Capture the Experience of People with Disabilities
The City of Austin is studying the quality of life for people with disabilities. Part of the study includes a survey of people with disabilities who live and/or work in Austin. Sign up to participate in one of several focus groups being held to understand the good and the bad about living and/or working in Austin.
Focus groups represent different disabilities and needs, including people of color with disabilities, people with disabilities who identify as LGBTQIA+, and family members.
We encourage you to take part in this opportunity to voice your experience and concerns. All focus groups will be virtual and conducted through Microsoft Teams. Register for a focus group here. If you have any questions, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 2021: Mental Health Month
April 2021: How do we help Austinites experiencing homelessness?
March 2021: Growth and Positive Change
February 2021: How Do We Create a Better Future?
January 2021: Looking Ahead to the Legislative Session
December 2020: Supporting Your Mental Health This Winter
November 2020: How do we rebuild health and well-being during a pandemic?
October 2020: With Collaboration Comes Innovation
September 2020: Success Stories of Recovery and Suicide Prevention
August 2020: A Back to School Season Like Never Before
July 2020: Minority Health Disparities & COVID-19
June 2020: Stronger Together
May 2020: Surviving and Thriving During Uncertain Times
April 2020: Persevering During COVID-19
March 2020: Collaborations and Initiatives to Improve Health for the IDD Population
February 2020:Solutions to Health and Health Care Disparities
January 2020: Sucicide Prevention a Local Effort
December 2019: A Year of Thriving Care & Collaboration
November 2019: Teamwork and Collaboration Impact Homelessness in Travis County
October 2019:Making Strides for World Mental Health
September 2019: Taking Steps to Recovery Support
August 2019: Working Together for Child & Youth Mental Health
July 2019: Legislative Wrap-Up – Some Bipartisan Wins for Healthcare
June 2019: Strengthening Access for Veterans and the Entire Military Family
May 2019: Women and Mental Health
April 2019: Legislative Session Status Report
March 2019: Making Opportunities for Recovery More Accessible
February 2019: Recovery is Possible
January 2019: Stronger Outcomes Through Collaboration
December 2018: Looking ahead to the 86th Texas Legislature
November 2018: How Tech is Changing the Face of Mental Health
October 2018: A Few Questions Could Help Save a Life
September 2018: Anyone Can Save a Life
August 2018: A Milestone Moment
July 2018: Equity in Mental Health Care for All
June 2018: Expanding Services for Veterans
May 2018: Your Mental Health Toolkit
April 2018: Time of Terror Calls for Increased Emotional Support
March 2018: Stopping the cycle of incarceration for individuals with mental illness
February 2018: Equity in mental healthcare for everyone
January 2018 : Improving Mental Health Through Partnership & Collaboration
December 2017: Strength Through Community
November 2017 : Healthy Lifestyles Improve Well-Being
October 2017 : National Child Health Day
September 2017 : Strengthening Families and Communities