Some of us identify as LGBTIQ+, which means we may be lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, queer or questioning - or we may define our gender and sexuality in other ways.
Those of us who identify as LGBTIQ+ are more likely to experience a mental health problem than the wider population. This is because LGBTIQ+ people experience bullying, rejection, stigma and discrimination, which too often lead to low self-esteem, depression, anxiety and isolation.
At Mind, we believe we should all look out for one another's mental health, especially when we know that some of us suffer higher levels of discrimination and isolation. We also believe it is everyone's right to have good mental health and every mental health service provider should make sure their services are accessible and inclusive to all.
Bisexual people exist in mental health services, and the workplace, just like anywhere else – and strides need to be made to tackle the prejudices and stigma that prevent many bisexual individuals from receiving the support and respect they deserve.
While mental health services have improved support for most LGBTIQ+ people, bi people face challenges that are often overlooked. We’ve created this best practice guide for service providers for supporting bi people.
When Christine's wife died, she faced discrimination from her GP and struggled to find the help she needed.
You can watch more stories about mental health and being LGBTIQ+ on our youtube playlist.
"If you're gay and you're suffering from a mental health issue… things seem to be a lot darker."