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Volume 1 Issue 6, June 2023

Celebrating Pride and protecting LGBT+ mental health

Nature Mental Health celebrates Pride this month of June and echoes the call of many advocates and researchers to work together to protect LGBT+ mental health. The cover of our June issue incorporates the ‘progress Pride’ flag. In addition to the iconic rainbow, black and brown have been added to represent people of color, as well as pink, light blue and white to represent trans, gender non-binary, intersex people and those across the gender spectrum. Flowers, which have been a key symbol of gay pride, mark a path to show the constant movement forward.

See our Editorial for more on the celebration of Pride and the need to stand up and to protect LGBT+ rights and mental health.

Cover design: Marina Spence.


  • The celebration of Pride in June each year is a way to recognize triumph over oppression. It is a time to acknowledge the past and to commit to protecting LGBT+ people by promoting inclusion, equality, and mental health and well-being.



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Comment & Opinion

  • In this Q&A, we speak to Jack Turban, a physician–scientist and Assistant Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), where he directs the Gender Psychiatry Program. His research examines the mental health of transgender and gender diverse youth, with a particular focus on topics related to public policy.

    • Rebecca Cooney
  • Climate change and ecological emergencies threaten life on Earth. This creates a distress that is in danger of being pathologized and dismissed. We examine how such feelings are rational and underpinned by instinctive compassion for the environment and each other. We must respond by supporting people to act with their full potential, amidst systemic and government failures.

    • Elizabeth Marks
    • Caroline Hickman
  • Cases of mild or transient distress in young people are increasingly viewed as problems that require medical intervention. As CAMHS clinicians, we argue that this overmedicalization undermines the value of social support within the family and community, and funding cuts to nonmedical support services have only compounded the problem.

    • Emma Fergusson
    • Shona Reed-Purvis
    • Lucy Foulkes
  • Sex and gender play an important role in mental health. Clinical and preclinical research for novel treatments need to take this serious matter under consideration. The development of safe and effective treatments for specific populations can be achieved only with enhanced and targeted funding that will generate robust and reliable data.

    • Christina Dalla
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