LGBT Health
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Mental Health

LGBT people are at much higher risk of mental health problems, including depression, anxiety, suicidal feelings, eating disorders and self harm and substance abuse.

LGBT people do still face stigma and discrimination. Even though we have better legal protection in Britain than ever before, as an LGBT person you may still face bullying and prejudice. This can have an impact on your mental health, your self esteem and your general outlook on life.

All parts of the LGBT community are at higher risk of mental health problems. However, trans people, bi people and LGBT people who are Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic are at an especially high risk of mental health problems.

Getting help

If you are struggling with mental health problems you have a right to good quality, non-discriminatory treatment. Your sexual orientation and/or gender identity should be accepted and not seen as a problem. You should not get worse treatment because of your healthcare professional’s opinions about your sexuality or gender identity. If you suspect that this may be the case, you can complain.

If you need help with your mental health, your GP is usually the first person you should see. You can take a friend or partner with you to see your GP. However, if you feel unable to go directly to your GP now for whatever reason, there are anonymous services you can access in the first instance. See the links below and the A-Z topic on Mental Health. See below for specific LGBT mental health services.

Remember that you have a right to access NHS services without discrimination. If you feel that you have been unfairly treated, you can make a complaint.

See also Access to Healthcare for LGBT people.

Useful Links

Mind on LGBT mental health

LGBT Cymru helpline freephone number and counselling services

LGBT Foundation advice on mental health