Where's Your Head At?
We all have mental health. Even though we may not really think about it, it is still there. Mental health can affect the way that you act and feel, and the way you think and feel about your life.
There are lots of different mental health problems that we may experience at some point in our life time. You don’t need to know great long lists of medical terms to understand a bit about them or to recognise some of the signs and symptoms.
It is likely that 1 in 4 people will experience at least one mental health problem in any one year of their lives.
Research suggests that lesbian, gay or bisexual people may be more likely to have mental health problems than members of the straight community.
Young people in particular may also have an increased risk of experiencing mental health problems.
This booklet aims to give some facts about the more common mental health problems that you may come across alongside useful information that will be particularly helpful for younger lesbian, gay and bisexual people.
Of course being gay is not a mental health problem itself, but mental health problems among gay people are relatively high due to things such as homophobia, bullying, feelings of isolation and loneliness and the effects many people feel from prejudice and heterosexism in society.
This colourful 24 page booklet which has been supported by Comic Relief is packed full of top tips which outline that there are many things we can all do to improve or maintain our mental wellbeing.
Throughout the resource you will find usefull information about where to get further help and information about all the topics included in this booklet, such as:
- Am I Gay?
- Coming Out
- Homophobia & bullying
- Myths about Mental Health
- Common Mental Health problems
- Self Harm
- Eating Disorders
- Diet Nutrition & Exercise
- Assertiveness & Confidence
- Mental Health links
If you are concerned about your own mental health, or that of a friend or relative, asking for help is one of the best things you can do. It is always worth going to speak to a professional medical person. You could also ring one of the many helplines that are available and listed in this booklet.