LGBTQ+ Mental Health - Help
Where can I get help?
Having a mental health problem is not something only LGBTQ+ people experience. However if you or someone you know might be struggling then it is important to seek help.
Here are some suggestions about where to get support.
Specialist LGBTQ+ mental health services
In some areas there are LGBTQ+ organisations that provide mental health advice and support. This might be through a counselling service, support groups, mentoring or a helpline. Many of these services are listed in the ‘Useful contacts’ section at the end of this section. You can find local services by searching online for LGBTQ+ organisations in your area. You can also call our advice service on 0300 5000 927 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can look for you.
General mental health services
Going to see your GP is the main way to get support and treatment for mental health issues. You may have had problems accessing healthcare. However, there are steps being taken to improve things. The government brought in the NHS Constitution. This says that we all have the right ‘not to be unlawfully discriminated against in the provision of NHS services.’ This includes sexual orientation and gender reassignment. All NHS services must comply with this principle.
Some NHS trusts have published their own LGBTQ+ guides for medical professionals. There is a project in Manchester called ‘Pride in Practice’. This is a service that GP surgeries can sign up for. It offers surgeries support to become LGBTQ+ friendly and inclusive. The project is run by the LGBT Foundation, with support from the Royal College of General Practitioners. GPs can call the LGBT Foundation helpline and get advice for supporting LGBTQ+ patients. Their contact details are in the ‘Useful Contacts’ section of these pages.
Disabled and older LGBTQ+ people may get help with their social care needs. One way to do this is through direct payments. If you have eligible needs your local authority gives you the money to buy the services you want. This can give you more freedom to organise your own care. Research has shown that direct payments can allow LGBTQ+ people to pay for carers they feel comfortable with. Direct payments may enable people to disclose their sexual orientation or gender identity without fear of discriminated against.
LGBTQ+ support services
There are many organisations offering emotional and practical support to the LGBTQ+ community. National relationship counselling service Relate offers LGBTQ+ relationship counselling through some of its local services. There may be LGBTQ+ social groups, sports clubs or activities in your area that you could become involved in. There are services for younger people that can help with advice, support and meeting other LGBTQ+ people.
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Contact our Advice team about mental health & related issues
0300 5000 927 Monday - Friday 9.30am - 4pm, not including bank holidays