Studies show that people from LGBTQ communities are more likely to experience suicidal feelings and take their own lives.
The reasons for this are complex and not yet fully understood. However, mental health problems experienced by LGBTQ people have been linked to:
- homophobia, biphobia or transphobia
You might also experience rejection, negative reactions or hostility from family members, friends, strangers, employers or members of the religious community. This can have a big impact on your self-esteem and mean you might feel unable to be open about your sexual or gender identity at work, at home or in the world at large.
Organisations such as Switchboard provide support and information to gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and trans people via their confidential helpline, instant messaging and email service. The Gender Trust support anyone affected by gender identity issues, and has a list of local support groups, and therapists who specialise in supporting people with gender identity issues.
For further information, see our pages on LGBTQ mental health.
This information was published in June 2016. We will revise it in 2019.