LGBTIQ+ Mental Health

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This is another great post from The Website Mind. It gives us a informative look at the LGBTIQ World and how it impacts those with Mental health. Original source found here

Gives information about mental health support for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, queer or questioning (LGBTIQ+). 

About LGBTIQ+ mental health

Some of us identify as LGBTIQ+. This means we may be lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, non-binary, queer or questioning. Or we may define our gender and sexuality in other ways. Stonewall’s glossary lists many more terms.

Anyone can experience a mental health problem. But those of us who identify as LGBTIQ+ are more likely to develop problems like:

  • low self-esteem
  • depression 
  • anxiety, including social anxiety
  • eating problems 
  • misusing drugs and alcohol
  • self-harm
  • suicidal feelings
  • other mental health problems.

Being LGBTIQ+ does not cause these problems. The reasons why those of us with LGBTIQ+ identities are more likely to get them are very complicated. But it is most likely to do with facing things like:

  • homophobia, biphobia and transphobia
  • stigma and discrimination
  • difficult experiences of coming out
  • social isolation, exclusion and rejection.

It’s important to remember that embracing your LGBTIQ+ identity can also have a positive impact on your wellbeing. It might mean you have: 

  • increased confidence 
  • improved relationships with your friends and family
  • a sense of community and belonging
  • the freedom of self-expression and self-acceptance
  • increased resilience. 

“So I decided to come out as bisexual to my family and friends, one by one, which really helped me grow in my confidence. Things are getting better with my mental health too.”

Other identities and challenges

We’re using ‘LGBTIQ+’ as an umbrella term. But we know that LGBTIQ+ people do not exist as one group. Everyone is different. Our identities are a complicated mix of factors, including:

  • age
  • ethnicity 
  • religion
  • cultural background
  • socio-economic background
  • gender identity and gender expression 
  • sexuality
  • physical ability 
  • many other characteristics.

You might face many challenges in your life that other LGBTIQ+ people don’t face, or even understand. This might include many other kinds of discrimination, social exclusion or social disadvantage.

This can make you even more likely to develop problems with your mental health, and make it even harder to get help.

UK Care and Secure Transport Services are specialists when it comes to Providing Secure Residential Care and Transportation of Vulnerable People.

Throughout everything we do we are dedicated to supporting young people through the difficult times they face. We understand that the Young People we encounter can have behavioural Challenges and Vulnerabilities that can escalate into aggressive or otherwise unruly behaviour. We are committed to delivering a professional service with emphasis on Care & Safety with the young people we interact with, whilst ensuring that their welfare, along with the Safety and Security of all persons involved, is at the heart of everything that we do as a business.

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