Issues faced by LGBT people
Mental health problems are common, so common in fact that when you look around you, one every four of those people you see will experience poor mental health at some point in their lifetime.
We also know that LGBT individuals are even more likely to be affected by mental health problems, but why is this?
Just because a person identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans doesn’t mean that they will necessarily struggle with coming out, accepting their sexual orientation, gender identity or worry about being honest with other people, but many do. One of the greatest myths surrounding LGBT mental health is that being LGBT is the problem – when in fact it’s more likely that their wellbeing is being affected by common issues such as money worries, relationships, work stress, bereavements and so forth.
Often, what's difficult to deal with is the way people get treated because of their sexual orientation, gender identity (or both). That can really be the most difficult thing to deal with. Having to cope with things such as:
- Verbal abuse
- Rejection by friends and family
- Physical abuse
There are plenty of ways we can look after our mental health and wellbeing, and support out there for when we’re not feeling so great, all of which we’ve hopefully covered on these pages. And don’t forget, we’re here if you need us!
Want to have a chat about your mental health?
If you feel the need to have a chat about your mental health you can do so by calling our helpline , you can visit our 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 we deliver.