June is officially #PrideMonth!
Pride Month both honors the movement for LGBTQIA+ rights and celebrates LGBTQIA+ culture. LGBTQIA+ stands for: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, or asexual +.
Some of us may identify as LGBTQIA+ or may define our gender and sexuality in other ways. Anyone can experience a mental health problem, but those of us who identify as LGBTQIA+ are more likely to develop problems like:
- Depression and Anxiety
- Self Harm
- Suicidal Thoughts
- Drug and Alcohol Addiction
- Eating Disorders
Being LGBTQIA+ does not cause these problems. The reasons why those of us with LGBTQIA+ identities are more likely to get them are very complicated. But it is most likely to do with facing things like:
- Stigma & Discrimination
- Difficult Experiences in Coming Out
- Social Exclusion and Rejection
What help and support is available?
It’s important to remember that you deserve support and respect, whatever your identity or background. You have legal rights to access healthcare without discrimination.
Mind’s page on LGBTQIA+ mental health support covers lots of options. This includes tips on self-care, seeking help and specialist LGBTQIA+ services.
Local Services & Support include:
Posted on: 2nd June 2023