Pride month – Mental health awareness
1st June 2022
Today marks the beginning of pride month!
Pride month is celebrated annually in June to honour the 1969 Stonewall riots, and works to achieve equal justice and equal opportunities for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, non-binary, queer or questioning people.
LGBTQ+ Mental Health
LGBTQ+ people experience high levels of poor mental health that can result from the day-to-day struggles of being part of a marginalised group, such as;
- eating disorders
- low self-esteem
- drug misuse
- alcohol misuse
- suicidal feelings
- other mental health problems
However, being LGBTQ+ does not cause these problems, the reasons behind these problems can be complicated but being a member of a marginalised group and facing daily stigma and discrimination increases the likelihood of developing mental health problems.
What help and support is available?
Everyone deserves support and respect regardless of identity or background, if you need help and support as an LGBTQ+ individual you might find some of these links useful;
- Switchboard LGBT+ Helpline
- Stonewall – online directory searchable by your postcode
- Stonewall – organisations supporting LGBTIQ+ people from Black, Asian and other minority backgrounds
- Mind Out – Mental Health Charity for the LGBTQ community
- bgiok.org.uk– Information for LGBTQ+ people under 25
- LGBT Foundation – Advice & support
- Mermaids – Helping gender-diverse kids, young people and their families
- Pink Therapy – Gender and Sexual Diversity Therapy
Remember, LGBTQ+ is an umbrella term and LGBTQ+ people do not exist as one group. A persons identity is a complicated mix of factors which can include; age, ethnicity, religion, cultural background, socio-economic background, gender identity, gender expression, sexuality and many other things!