The Rechtskomitee Lambda (RKL) is Austria’s top LGBTQ+-rights group, with offices in Graz, Austria. This organization was founded in 1991 and protects the human rights of all members of the LGBTQ+ community.
In addition, Graz has a central LGBTQ+-focused center on the main avenue running through the city. Some LGBTQ+-friendly bars include Stars, VINTAGE Café Bar Graz, and Café SILBER.
A nationwide study that analyzed the prevalence of mental disorders in Austrian youth (between ages 10 and 18) determined many aspects of mental health regarding these age groups. For example, for at least one psychiatric disorder, lifetime rates were 23.9% and 35.8%. In addition, the highest prevalence rates were for anxiety disorders (15.6%), neurodevelopmental disorders (9.3%; ADHD: 5.2%), and depressive disorders (6.2%).
Other information that the study concluded was that forty-seven percent of young people with a lifetime psychiatric disorder had at least one additional diagnosis. In addition, internalizing disorders were more common in young girls, while neurodevelopmental disorders, impulse control, and conduct disorders were seen more in young boys. For those who had a lifetime psychiatric disorder, 47.5% had sought out mental health services. Of the remaining percentage, 18.1% were interested in receiving treatment.
All in all, this study found that DSM-5 mental health disorders are very pervasive among young people in Austria.
Finding mental health treatment for young people is essential as soon as possible. Early access to these mental health services and help young people better cope with their struggles and thrive in their daily lives.
At LGBTQ and ALL, we have a list of all of Graz’s top mental health professionals. In particular, we have a database of psychologists for kids in the area.
**Note: This language features gender dichotomously as that is what is indicated in the research, and it does not talk about any variability. We used the language in these statistics because the study reported this.
Graz is the capital of the province in southern Austria called Styria. One of its main attractions is Hauptplatz, the main square of the medieval old town. This area has many shops and restaurants and features a mix of Renaissance and Baroque architecture. Another top feature in Graz is Schlossberg, the town hill, and the Uhrturm, a hundred-year-old clock tower. You can also find the River Mur, a futuristic establishment that displays contemporary art.
Graz comes from the term gradec, a Slavic word translating to “small fortress.” This city received town rights around 1240 and became the center of Steiermark (Styria) during the Middle Ages. After 1379, it became the residence of the Leopoldine Habsburgs.
In 2017, the population of Graz was 283,869.
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