Mental health problems such as depression or self-harm can affect any of us, but they’re more common among people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT). This may be linked to LGBT people’s experience of discrimination, homophobia or transphobia, bullying, social isolation, or rejection because of their sexuality. Other things, such as their age, religion, where they live, and their ethnicity can add extra complications to an already difficult situation.
It might not be easy, but getting help with issues you’re struggling to deal with on your own is one of the most important things you can do. Talking with a therapist who’s trained to work with LGBT people may help with issues such as:
- difficulty accepting your sexual orientation
- coping with other people’s reactions to your sexuality
- feeling your body does not reflect your true gender (gender dysphoria)
- low self-esteem
- suicidal thoughts
- coping with bullying and discrimination
- anger, isolation or rejection from family, friends or your community
- fear of violence
Switchboard LGBT+ Helpline
Switchboard offers a safe space for anyone to discuss anything, including sexuality, gender identity, sexual health and emotional well-being. They support people to explore the right options for themselves. They aspire to a society where all LGBT+ people are informed and empowered.
Mind Out is a mental health service for LGBT+ people which provides advice, information, advocacy, peer support groups, mentoring and wellbeing events.
Pink Therapy: A directory listing qualified therapists throughout the UK who work with LGBT+ communities from a positive stance.