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Mental Health


Welcome to our mental health resources page, specially designed for individuals who are navigating the challenges of CLAs while prioritizing their mental well-being. LGDA is committed to fostering a community where you can access the resources and guidance you need to achieve both physical and emotional well-being on your journey.

Highlighting Men's Mental Health within the CLA Community

Living with a rare disease presents a myriad of challenges, both physical and emotional. Within the Complex Lymphatic Anomalies (CLA) community, these challenges can be particularly daunting. As we strive to support those affected by CLA, it's essential to recognize the unique mental health needs of men within this community. 

Statistics from the LGDA patient registry (57% female, 43% male) and the LGDA Support Group (78% female, 22% male) shed light on the gender disparities in seeking support for mental health issues. It is said that 85% of individuals living with rare diseases report significant impacts on their physical and mental health, with three times higher rates of unhappiness and depression compared to the general population. However, despite these alarming numbers, men often face barriers when it comes to seeking support for their mental well-being. 

It's crucial to address these disparities and highlight the importance of men's mental health within the CLA community. Initiatives like the LGDA Support Group provide invaluable resources and a sense of community for individuals navigating the complexities of living with CLA. However, it's essential to recognize that men may face unique challenges and stigma surrounding mental health, making it even more critical to provide tailored support and resources. 

This is where initiatives like the Men's Rare Disease Mental Health Group (set up by David Hogan - diagnosed with Cowden Syndrome) come into play. Platforms like their regular Zoom meetings provide a safe and judgment-free space for men around the world to connect, share their experiences, and offer support to one another. By fostering a sense of community and solidarity, these initiatives play a crucial role in breaking down the stigma surrounding men's mental health and rare diseases. 

In a world where men's mental health and rare diseases are often overlooked or misunderstood, platforms like the Men's Rare Disease Mental Health Group provide a beacon of hope and solidarity. They remind us that no one is alone in their struggles and that together, we can work towards creating a more compassionate and supportive society for all. 

To anyone within the CLA community who may be navigating through such challenges, we encourage you to explore resources like the LGDA Support Group and the Men's Rare Disease Mental Health Group. Your story matters, and there are people out there who understand and are ready to offer their support. 

As we continue to raise awareness about the intersection of rare diseases and mental health, let's ensure that we are inclusive of all individuals within the CLA community and that we provide the necessary support and resources to address their unique mental health needs. Together, we can break down barriers, destigmatize seeking help, and create a more supportive environment for everyone affected by CLA. 


LGDA Support Group 

David Hogan on LinkedIn

  • Contact David directly at 
  • Next Men’s Rare Disease Mental Health Group Zoom Meeting Wednesday, March 13, 1:00 PM ET 
  • Check out David’s film titled “Beyond Limits: Rare Men Talking Mental Health” which details men’s mental health in the rare disease community.