This Pride Month, we’re sharing valuable resources and information across our platforms to help build a safer and more inclusive future for LGBTQ+ communities.
Today, we’re shedding the light on LGBTQ+ mental health and how LGBTQ+ communities can access mental health support.
Mental health problems can affect any of us, but they’re more common in the LGTBQ+ community with a recent study conducted by Stonewall finding half of LGBTQ+ people (52%) experienced depression in the last year.
We know that many LGBTQ+ groups often struggle and face barriers when accessing support which is why we’re sharing some brilliant LGBTQ+ friendly organisations that you can reach out to if you’re struggling or need someone to talk to.
- https://mindout.org.uk/ – mental health service ran by and for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) people.
- http://www.pinktherapy.com/ – a directory of qualified LGBTQIA+ friendly therapists and counsellors providing trusted, non-judgmental services for people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, asexual, intersex and anyone who identifies as gender, sex or relationship diverse.
- https://www.beaumontsociety.org.uk/ – national help organisation ran by and for the transgender community.
- http://www.bgiok.org.uk/ – information and advice for gay, lesbian, bisexual and curious individuals aged under 25.
- Samaritans | Every life lost to suicide is a tragedy | Here to listen – mental health charity that provides support to anyone in emotional distress, struggling to cope and at risk of suicide through its telephone and email hotline.
- Home – Mind – mental health charity that provides advice and support to help anyone experiencing a mental health problem.
It’s okay not to be okay. Now more than ever, we need to be mindful of our and other people’s mental health.
If you’re struggling and need immediate support, please call Samaritans on 116 123 or you can email them on [email protected]. There is no charge to phone or email.