Calm Resources to Support the Mental Well-being of LGBTQ+ Employees and Family Members

Calm’s Belonging and Acceptance content can help LGBTQ+ employees reduce stress and anxiousness and get better sleep in the face of complex challenges.

Dr. Sarah Moon and Raymond Braun

The Calm Team

4 min read

“Reflect. Empower. Unite.” This year’s theme for Pride Month is a call to action to reflect on the achievements and contributions of LGBTQ+ people and to come together to support them in the face of growing adversity. In 2024, more than 500 anti-LGBTQ+ bills were introduced in the U.S. alone, for example. Efforts to challenge LGBTQ+ rights and freedoms can have a profound impact on the mental and physical health of LGBTQ+ people and those who support them.

According to Calm’s survey of 4,000+ working adults, more LGBTQ+ people than heterosexual people report feeling negative emotions frequently or all of the time, and fewer LGBTQ+ people report feeling happy.

  • 62% of LGBTQ+ respondents said they feel anxious frequently or all of the time, compared to 38% of heterosexual respondents.
  • 58% of LGBTQ+ people said they feel stressed frequently or all of the time, compared to 44% of heterosexual people.
  • 45% of LGBTQ+ respondents said they feel happy frequently or all of the time, compared to 55% of heterosexual respondents.

Supporting LGTBQ+ employees and family members

On a more positive note, Calm research showed that people who identify as LGBTQ+ are more likely than those who identify as heterosexual to take steps to care for their mental well-being, including journaling, doing a breathing exercise, checking in on their emotional and mental health, meditating, and doing yoga. Furthermore, many LGBTQ+ employees wish their employers would support them in these efforts:

  • Half of LGBTQ+ employees wish their employers offered mental health solutions to address stress, anxiousness, and sleep issues.
  • Nearly half (49%) of LGBTQ+ employees wish their employers offered access to mental health support that aligns with their identity. 

Calm’s “Belonging and Acceptance” collection can help LGBTQ+ employees find relief

In honor of Pride Month, we’re pleased to share a variety of Calm content to support the mental well-being of LGBTQ+ employees and family members. These resources are part of Calm’s Belonging and Acceptance collection that focuses on helping people celebrate individuality, cultivate self-esteem, and lean into vulnerability to create connection and belonging.

Conversations

  • NEW! Calm Conversations: Pride & Resilience with Raymond Braun & Dr. Sarah Moon
    LGBTQ+ advocate and media personality Raymond Braun and licensed clinical psychologist Dr. Sarah H. Moon, PsyD explore diverse experiences of LGBTQ+ individuals and shed light on their unique mental health challenges in various contexts, including the workplace.  

    Dr. Sarah Moon is a licensed clinical psychologist, consultant, educator, and writer, specializing in BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ mental health, immigration, racial trauma, elite athlete mental health, and couples therapy. She serves as the Co-Director of the Multicultural Seminar and Lecturer of Psychology at Harvard Medical School at Cambridge Health Alliance, Assistant Director of Sport Psychology Services at Oregon State University, Consulting Psychologist at the Danielsen Institute at Boston University, and is the host of The Cut Fruit Podcast, a show focusing on Queer Asian experiences.

    Raymond Braun had never run more than three miles when he began training for his first triathlon as part of an intensive OCD recovery program. He now holds two certified World Records as the first person to complete 7 Olympic Distance triathlons on all 7 continents. Braun facilitates open conversations about the connection between mental and physical health through content creation, public speaking, endurance events, and 1:1 counseling.  

Sleep Stories

  • To My Body and to Teenage Me, Edgar Gomez
    In this lighthearted essay, author and narrator Edgar Gomez finds an inner confidence in a space that created a lot of former insecurity. 

    Edgar Gomez is a Florida-born writer with roots in Nicaragua and Puerto Rico. Their debut memoir, High-Risk Homosexual: A Memoir, was called a “breath of fresh air” by The New York Times, recognized as a Stonewall Honor Book, and named a Best Book of 2022 by Publisher’s Weekly, BuzzFeed, and Electric Literature. 
  • Spot the Napkin, Jes Tom
    “Have you ever wondered what the cups in your cupboard do when you’re away?” asks Jes Tom in the opening line of this sleep story. Listeners learn how one napkin used determination and its differences to better a kitchen community. This sleep story is for all ages and for LGBTQ+ youth. 

    Jes Tom is an actor, writer, and stand-up comic who gleefully provides the trans, queer, Asian American, radical cyborg perspective that everyone never knew they wanted.

 Wisdom & Meditations

  • Coming Out, Lama Rod Owens
    In this six-part series, Lama Rod Owens helps LGBTQ+ people learn how to navigate the challenges and celebrate the joys of moving through the world as their most authentic selves. Themes include identity, shame, self-love, community, compassion, joy, and the LGBTQ+ experience.

    Lama Rod identifies as a Black, queer man and is one of the next generations of mindfulness leaders. His approach blends formal Buddhist training and life experience that gives him a unique ability to relate to and engage with those around him in a way that’s sincere and gives them space.

Dailies

  • Love and Acceptance, Tamara Levitt
    In this guided meditation, Tamara Levitt helps listeners move through any stress they may be experiencing and shift to a place of patience, loving kindness, and compassion toward self. 

    The Head of Mindfulness at Calm, Tamara has more than 25 years of experience in meditation. She’s also the author of two children’s books on mindfulness themes, Happiness Doesn’t Come from Headstands and The Secret to Clara’s Calm.

Pride Month is a time to celebrate LGBTQ+ individuals and communities and to recommit to supporting their mental and emotional health. Feeling connected, seen, and accepted can help reduce feelings of anxiety, depression, and loneliness and enhance well-being. This Pride Month, take steps toward fostering a workplace environment in which everyone feels a strong sense of belonging.

For more information on how Calm Business can provide mental health resources to support your LGBTQ+ employees, click here. 

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