A guide to LGBT mental health resources
Members of the LGBT community are more likely to experience problems such as anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, self-harm and alcohol and drug misuse than the heterosexual population.
Evidence in the Journal of Psychiatry suggests that LGBTQ people are at higher risk of experiencing poor mental health, with a higher suicide rate. Though the reasons for this are complex, LGBT mental health problems have been linked to discrimination, bullying, homophobia, biphobia and/or transphobia.
If you’re suffering from any mental health issues, check out the resources below – and consider speaking to your GP, who may know what help is available locally and can help you decide on potential treatment.
If you’re struggling to cope right now, call the Samaritans on 116 123, available 24 hours, seven days a week.
For help and advice on everything LGBT-related from coming out to criminal law and partnership and parenting rights, head to Stonewall.
And take a look at Stonewall’s What’s in My Area feature, which provides information for queer people on local services and support groups in their communities.
You may use their platform as a LGBT mental health resource.
Tel: 020 7593 1850
If you’re struggling alone with mental health issues, try LGBTQ Meetups – a way of finding groups around the world, so that you can meet up with people near you.
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