Mental Health

Mental Health and LGBT

As an LGBT member the current issues surrounding it such as homophobia, discrimination and isolation can have an impact on our mental health.

It’s important to understand that you’re never alone and support is always there for you. Knowing when to get help is important – but you should never feel ashamed or scared to speak up.

Talking about your feelings is the best way to lead a happy healthy life. Mental health services can help by offering to speak with a counsellor or other health professional.

Quick Fact

“It’s thought that lesbian, gay and bisexual people are at significantly higher risk of mental health problems, suicidal thoughts and deliberate self harm than heterosexual people.”

– LGBT Foundation

LGBT and Mental Health

Mental health affects nearly everyone, not just LGBT members. However – mental health is more common in those who are lesbian, gay or bisexual. This is down to numerous factors.

Coming out is a massive step for anyone, it can trigger all kinds of mental health problems including anxiety and depression, it may even lead to suicidal thoughts and result in self-harm. The worry that your family or friends may not except who you are, loosing your job or the concern you may be bullied or physically abused.

These are all rare cases, but unfortunately still exist and happen.

Your well-being is important, make sure you spend your time around positive people, those who support LGBT communities and talk about how you’re feeling with friends, family members and teachers.

If your thoughts grow greater approach your doctor and talk with them. They may refer you to a mental health service.

Talk, talk and talk

If you feel the need to have a chat about your mental health you can do so by calling the LGBT Foundation helpline, you can visit their premises and talk to a member of staff as part of the pop-in service or fill in a self referral form to learn more about the support services the LGBT Foundation deliver.