Published: April 5, 2024 by Chal Zon

Spring has sprung! But for many LGBTQ+ people, winter can leave us feeling isolated, anxious, and depressed – and these feelings can last all year. Stigma and discrimination, exclusion, and rejection put LGBTQ+ people at high risk of mental illness.

LGBTQ+ mental health challenges

We’re two-three times more likely to suffer psychological or emotional problems than heterosexual people. This is especially true of marginalised groups under the LGBTQ+ umbrella like the trans community – almost half of trans people have considered taking their own life. Depression and anxiety are felt especially strongly in winter. The winter gloom can isolate us from our loved ones, leading us to adopt or fall further into unhealthy coping strategies. If you’re feeling stuck in your head and want to make a change, you’re not alone.

The power of community

LGBTQ+ identity comes with a powerful antidote to mental health challenges – a wonderful, global community who share your experiences. LGBTQ+ people have always stuck up for each other in hard times. Despite the mental health issues that LGBTQ+ people disproportionately face, we also have access to strong local and global networks that can empower you to improve your confidence, self-acceptance, and resilience. Sharing your experience with others is an incredibly powerful way to break unhealthy habits.

How you can reach out for support

No one blooms in isolation – your community is here to empower you to release your true, vibrant colours. Take a look at the list below to find identity-affirming peer support, self-care resources, and LGBTQ+-inclusive healthcare providers who understand what you’re going through.

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