Some of us identify as LGBTIQ+ which means we may be lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, queer or questioning – or we may define our gender and sexuality in other ways.
Those of us who identify as LGBTIQ+ are more likely to experience a mental health problem than the wider population. This is because LGBTIQ+ people experience bullying, rejection, stigma and discrimination which too often lead to low self-esteem, depression, anxiety and isolation.
At Oxfordshire Mind, we believe we should all look out for one another’s mental health, especially when we know that some of us suffer higher levels of discrimination and isolation. We also believe it is everyone’s right to have good mental health and every mental health service provider should make sure their services are accessible and inclusive to all.