Mental health problems can affect any of us, but they’re more common among people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT). This may be linked to LGBT people’s experience of iscrimination, homophobia or transphobia, bullying, social isolation, or rejection because of their sexuality.
Other things, such as their age, religion, where they live, and their ethnicity can add extra complications to an already difficult situation.
You can access your local mental health services through your GP, and here are some support sources for anyone identifying as LGBTQIA+ and suffering with mental health problems.
Mind Out (National)
MindOut is a mental health service run by and for lesbians, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer people. They work to improve the mental health and wellbeing of LGBTQ communities and to make mental health a community concern.
Pink Therapy (National)
Pink Therapy has an online directory of therapists who work with people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer or questioning (LGBTIQ), and people who are gender- and sexual-diverse (GSD).
Imaan is a charity that supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer or questioning (LGBTQ) Muslims, providing an online forum where people can share experiences and ask for help.
Mind LGBTQ (National)
Mind LGBTQ provides information about mental health support for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, non-binary, queer or questioning (LGBTIQ).
Find LGBT mental health services near you using Stonewall’s “What’s in my area?” search box.
Switchboard LGBT+ Helpline
Switchboard provides a listening service for LGBT+ people over the phone, via email and online chat. It can provide you with contact details of an LGBT-friendly therapist.
The Asexual Visibility and Education Network (National)
Hosts the world’s largest online asexual community as well as a large archive of resources on asexuality. Provides email to support to people who identify as asexual and their friends and family. www.asexuality.org
The Beaumont Society (National)
The Beaumont Society is a national transgender support network offering emotional support via a weekly helpline, as well as general information and support groups
Mindline Trans+ (Somerset)
Mindline Trans+ is a confidential emotional, mental health support helpline and signposting service for people who identify as Trans, A Gender, Gender Fluid, or Non-binary. You can reach us on 0300 330 5468.
Gendered Intelligence (London, Leeds, Bristol)
Gendered Intelligence runs youth groups in London, Leeds and Bristol for trans, non-binary and questioning young people. It also runs a peer-led support group in London for people aged 18 to 30.
LGBT Foundation (Greater Manchester)