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. 

Please visit our website for more guidance.