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.
Take a look at our information about mental health support for people who identify as LGBTIQ+.
"If you’re gay and you’re suffering from a mental health issue… things seem to be a lot darker."
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.
LGBTIQ+ people can be at a higher risk of experiencing a mental health problem.
While mental health services have improved support for most LGBTIQ+ people, bi people face challenges that are often overlooked.
Our good practice guide helps service providers make sure they are able to offer non-judgmental and genuinely inclusive mental health support for those of us who identify as LGBTIQ+.
To learn more about our work supporting those of us from LGBTIQ+ communites and find out how to get involved, you can get in touch with us at [email protected].
We also have other projects working to support those us from diverse and/or marginalised groups to make sure we get the support and respect we need for our mental health health. Find out more about these projects.