Mental health and being LGBTQ+

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Some of us identify ourselves as LGBTQ+ which means we may be lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer or questioning - or we may define our gender and sexuality in other ways.

Those of us who identify as LGBTQ+ are more likely to experience a mental health problem than the wider population. This is because LGBTQ+ 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. Talking about these issues and seeking support where and when we need it are important ways that LGBTQ+ people can manage their mental health.

On this page, you can find out more about our work with LGBTQ+ communities, and read and watch personal experiences of LGBTQ+ people with lived experience of mental health issues.

Bisexuality & mental health

We’re proud to announce the publication of Stand BI me, a best practice guide focused on bisexuality and mental health.

While mental health services have improved support for most LGBTQ people, bi people face challenges that are often overlooked. Counsellors assume the sexuality of bi people is a sign of confusion or even mental illness. However, bi people are just as likely to need to use a ‘straight’ service than one marked ‘gay and bisexual men’ or ‘lesbians and bisexual women’. Bi people from different communities also often have different needs.

Great strides have been made in LGBTQ inclusivity across employers and mental health services but repeated Stonewall Equality Indexes show bi people still feel less able to come out. They see fewer out bi role models in their workplaces than their gay and lesbian colleagues. This affects bi people’s mental wellbeing and can lead to anxiety as they stay in the closet. They have to second-guess themselves at work and construct stories to hide what they believe needs to be kept secret.

By demonstrating openness and understanding of bi-people’s needs, mental health services can better support bi people from all backgrounds.

We hope Stand BI me will provide mental health services with a better understanding of the needs of bi people.

Read Stand BI me

Mindline Trans+

If you identify as trans or non-binary, we have a new helpline to offer support when you need it.

0300 330 5468

The line operates Mondays and Fridays, 8 pm to midnight and is run by trans volunteers.

We’re committed to equality improvement across our services. That’s why we’re piloting MindLine Trans+, a new helpline for trans and non-binary people. It offers a confidential space for you to talk about your feelings and signpost you to appropriate services and support.

Thanks to the fantastic work of Bristol Mind and Mind in Taunton & West Somerset, Mindline Trans+ started as a local service in February 2017 covering South West England.

From 2 August, we’re covering England and Wales.

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We'd like to say a big thank you to our friends at Mind Out who helped us make the following videos and blog possible.

Christine's story

"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.

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Ed's story

“I needed somewhere where I could be open about being trans and be open about mental health.”

Growing up and struggling with his gender identity, Ed faced a series of mental health problems. Transitioning from female to male helped but it was only part of his story.

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Regan's story

I’ve not got mental health issues because I’m a transsexual, it’s because of a lack of understanding and awareness.

Regan blogs about her experience of transitioning and how she struggled to find the acceptance and support she desperately needed.

Read Regan's story

Ben's story

“I didn’t feel safe amongst the other people there and being gay… and isolated, it heightened my anxiety.”

When Ben found himself homeless, he had to deal with a system that didn’t understand his needs and how this impacted on his mental health.

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Sheila's story

“I held it all in because in some ways I thought I could cope at a weird sort of level. I thought this was my coping – not living.”

Even though Sheila understood her sexuality, she struggled with her mental health and her feelings of not being whole.

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Our LGBTQ+ work

We're delivering a number of public events to help everyone feel they are respected and supported by others, with full regards to their sexual orientation or gender identity.

We're also working with both voluntary and statutory service providers to make sure they are able to offer non-judgemental and genuinely inclusive mental health support for those of us who identify as LGBTQ+.

You can download our new good practice guide for service providers here

To learn more and find out how to get involved, please contact Alessandro: [email protected]

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