Issue faced by LGBs
Mental health problems are common, so common in fact that when you look around you, one every four of those people you see will experience poor mental health at some point in their lifetime.
We also know that lesbians, gay and bisexual people are even more likely to be affected by mental health problems, but why is this?
Just because a person identifies as lesbian, gay or bisexual, doesn’t mean that they will necessarily struggle with coming out, accepting their sexuality or worry about being honest with other people, but many do. One of the greatest myths surrounding LGB mental health is that being gay is the problem – when in fact it’s more likely to be the usual problems, like money, relationships, work stress that have a negative impact on our wellbeing.
It is often the negative ways other people treat us because of our sexuality that can be most difficult to deal with. Having to cope with things such as:
- Verbal abuse
- Rejection by friends and family
- Physical abuse
On top of juggling day-to-day worries can really test our emotional resilience, lower self esteem and confidence, make us feel isolated and worthless.
Look at all of these facts and it’s not surprising that an estimated 2 in 5 LGB people will experience a mental health problem at some point in their lifetime, but there is good news! There are plenty of ways we can look after our mental health and wellbeing, and support out there for when we’re not feeling so great, all of which we’ve hopefully covered on these pages. And don’t forget, we’re here if you need us!
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