Every February, communities across the nation celebrate LGBT+ History Month. It’s an opportunity to reflect on the history of LGBT+ communities, the progress that has been made over the years and the many wonderful identities within.
We believe celebrating all parts of who we are is vital to the fight for mental health. We know that people within the LGBT+ community may face discrimination, stigma and isolation, as well as being offered ‘Conversion therapy’. Because of these issues, LGBTQIA+ people are 2 to 3 times more likely to experience a mental health problem.
Please remember you are not alone.
If you are part of the LGBT+ community and you’re finding things tough, there is support available.
The Outhouse is a charity seeking to offer support and information to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people of Essex. Based in Colchester Town Centre, they provide a range of services and groups free of charge.
Phone: 01206 871394
The Essex LGBTQ+ Alliance
The Essex LGBTQ+ Alliance is a network of Essex-based organisations, including the University of Essex, sharing resources and best practice across the private, public and third sectors for the benefit of everyone in the workplace.
To find out more, email the Chair of the ELGBTA, Madelyn Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Mind Infoline
You can contact the national Mind Infoline between 9am-6pm, Monday to Friday. They will give you information and support around mental health issues, and signpost you to help in your area.
Phone: 0300 123 3393
MindOut is a mental health service run by and for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer (LGBTQ) people.
Phone: 01273 234839
LGBT Foundation is a national charity delivering advice, support and information services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) communities.
Phone: 0345 3 30 30 30
Mermaids provides a range of helpline services supporting transgender youth, up to and including the age of 20.
Phone: 0808 801 0400
For more sources of support and information, visit the national Mind website.