LGBTQI + resources

Anyone can experience a mental health problem regardless of their gender or sexual orientation.

But research has found that LGBT+ people (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/transsexual and those who don’t identify with traditional categories of sexuality or gender) are 1.5 times more likely to develop depression and anxiety compared to the rest of the population.

General guidance to LGBTQ+ Health and Wellbeing

What are the main issues that LGBT+ groups face?

LGBT+ people are more likely to experience bullying and discrimination, which is proven to have links to depression and anxiety.

The experience of ‘coming out’ and telling people that you’re LGBT+ can be positive, empowering and exciting. However, if you receive negative comments or rejection, this can affect your sense of self and mental wellbeing. If these feelings are internalised they can cause problems over time.

Drug and alcohol use are also more common in LGBT+ groups. Using substances can make existing mental health problems worse or, in some cases, trigger new ones.

People in LGBT+ communities can also be more socially isolated than non-LGBT+, which can lead to problems accessing appropriate treatment or healthcare. 

Further links and resources for LGBTQ+ support

Some Sources of LGBT+ Support

  • Mind Out: A mental health service for LGBT+ people which provides advice, information, advocacy, peer support groups, mentoring and wellbeing events.
  • Being Gay is Okay: A website with advice and information about homosexuality and challenging stereotypes.
  • GIRES (Gender Identity Research and Education): A charity that provides information for transgender people and medical professionals, including research and links to support groups.
  • Pink Therapy: A directory listing qualified therapists throughout the UK who work with LGBT+ communities from a positive stance.
  • Switchboard LGBT+: A service that offers national information and a listening service by phone, email and instant messaging.
  • Stonewall: A charity for all LGBT+ people both in the UK and abroad. They can provide information and advice. They have a database that can help you find local lesbian, gay and bisexual community groups or services.
  • Age UK’s guide for older LGBT+ people.