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LGBTQ+ Mental Health

LGBTQ+ Mental Health

Research has shown that lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTQI+) young people are over two-and-a-half times more likely to have a mental health problem than those who identify as heterosexual. Being LGBTQI+ does not mean that a young person will have a mental health problem

The majority of LGBTQI+ young people do not, and many feel they can cope with the ups and downs of everyday life. However, identifying as part of the LGBTQI+ community can lead to unique challenges in growing up and as an adult including fears about coming out, worries about being accepted by friends and family, and the impact of prejudice and discrimination.

Anna Freud Centre’s new resource explores some important topics in relation to being a member of the LGBTQI+ community. It provides advice for LGBTQI+ young people on where to go to get additional  support for mental health problems should they arise.

Anna Freud’s LGBTQI+ mental health