LGBQ students have higher risks for nonmedical use of prescriptions

heterosexism, sexism, sexual objectification and sexualization of intimate encounters among women that are not experienced by LGBQ men.

Shadick recommended that college mental health professionals work with on- and off-campus organizations to help shape a healthy campus climate for all students. He also believes that it is vital to develop specialized preventative and treatment measures, and additional support to both at-risk LGBQ and heterosexual students, particularly to females who identify as lesbian, bisexual, or question their sexuality.

“Efforts for improving the wellbeing of LGBQ students include providing an affirming and supportive environment for students to thrive,” Shadick said. “This is done through having designated safe spaces and social functions that address the unique needs of these students, having well-trained psychological and medical providers in counseling centers and health care units, and broad educational programming for faculty, staff, administration, and students to help them better identify situations that may cause hostile environments for LGBQ students.”