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LGBTQIA+

Commonly known as: lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, transgender, intersex, asexual, non-binary, queer, questioning, LGBTQ, LGBT, LGBTQ+, LGBTQIA+

LGBTQIA+

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Some people identify as LGBTQIA+.  This means you may be lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer/questioning, non-binary, intersex or asexual.  Or you may define your gender and sexuality in other ways.  Stonewall’s glossary lists many more terms.

Embracing who you are can have a positive impact on your wellbeing. Some people know exactly who they are.  For others who are questioning their identity, it can take time. The time it takes people to figure this out, is as unique as they are.

Focusing on what makes you feel comfortable can be much more important than coming up with a word to describe yourself, especially as your identity can change over time. You may find it helpful to look our resources below.

Many people feel it is important to ‘come out’ and tell other people about their identity. Coming out can be a stressful time for some.  It is important to remember, everyone is different, take time to think about what is right and comfortable for you.  You shouldn’t feel pressure to ‘come out’ because of others around you.

You might even need to come out multiple times if your understanding of who you are and what makes you comfortable changes over time, or you may come out to different people at different times – this is okay and not unusual.

If you’re ready, you may find these resources helpful: Coming Out  and the Coming Out Guide for Trans, Nonbinary and Questioning people.

 

LGBTQIA+ and Mental health

Mental health issues can impact anyone.  Being LGBTQIA+ doesn’t cause mental health problems, but sometimes things LGBTQIA+ people go through can affect their mental health such as stigma, discrimination, social isolation or exclusion/rejection.

If you are experiencing mental health problems, Melo is here for you.  We have information, advice and resources relating to a variety of common mental health problems such as self-harm, suicidal thoughts, depression, anger and eating disorders.

To find help and support available, see our helplines and services below.  If you prefer to text, Shout is the UK’s first 24/7 text service, free on all major mobile networks, for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. Text ‘shout’ to 85258.

 

Self-help advice 

The Five Ways to Wellbeing are five steps we can all take to protect and look after our wellbeing. You could try out some of the following suggestions to build the Five Ways to Wellbeing into your day.

Connect

We get positive benefits and good feelings from connecting with people around us.  You could catch up with a friend you haven’t seen for a while.  You may find it helpful meeting up with other people who identify as LGBTQIA+. This could have a beneficial effect on your mental health. You can find opportunities to do this on the trans social groups in Wales information page.

Be Active

Being physically active is good for our bodies and minds.  Being active releases chemicals in your brain that make you feel good.  If you enjoy sports, the Pride Sports LGBT+ Club Finder can help you find sports clubs in your local area.

Take Notice

Paying more attention to the present moment, your thoughts/feelings, your body and the world around you.  This can help improve your mental wellbeing (and is often called ‘mindfulness’).  You could try one of our mindfulness courses.

Keep Learning

Learning new skills can improve your mental wellbeing. It can improve your confidence and self-esteem.  You could read about ‘Coming Out Stories’ from our Reading Well booklist, or learn about LGBTQIA+ history.

Give

Doing something nice for a friend or a stranger is not only good for them, but it is also good for you. Expert studies suggest that being kind to others can help improve your mental wellbeing by giving you a sense of purpose and self-worth and creating positive feelings.  You could volunteer your time to support an LGBTQIA+ charity, or share your story with someone who may be struggling.  Sharing what you have been through may be helpful for others.

 

Find Support

When you’re looking for support for your mental health, it can be helpful to look for help from organisations that have a good understanding of LGBTQIA+ issues. You can find links to organisations below, including sites that have details of LGBTQIA+ specialist counselling services.

Remember that if you aren’t comfortable with working with a particular therapist or service, it is worthwhile trying a different one until you to find someone who supports you fully.

 

If you need further help

If the information, advice and resources on this page have not been helpful and / or you feel you need more help, there are many free services available.

If you are worried about your general mental health and live in Wales, phone NHS Mental Health 111 and choose Option 2. This service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is free to call from a mobile (even when the caller has no credit left) or from a landline. The service will provide immediate support over the phone to help cope with how you are feeling, and if needed, a referral to mental health services will be arranged.

If you live in the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board (ABUHB) area, and are aged over 18, you can contact your GP surgery to make an appointment with a Psychological Health Practitioner (PHP) or a GP. PHPs are NHS mental health practitioners, that are available at most GP surgeries in ABUHB area. They provide a free service for people experiencing mild to moderate mental health problems. Appointments can be either face to face, or over the phone.

If you are under 18 or worried about someone aged under 18 and need advice/self-referral to local mental health and wellbeing services in the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board area, contact SPACE-Wellbeing.

Or alternatively contact another approved helpline or service. Some services are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

If you are an unpaid carer for someone who identifies as LGBTQIA+, please visit our Unpaid Carers page for more information and advice.

Last updated: 22.02.2024
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Self-help resources for those who identify as LGBTQIA+

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Pride Sports – Pride Sports LGBT+ Club Finder

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Trans Social Group in Wales

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The LGBTQ+ Law Clinic – UK Service that provides free legal advice to the LGBTQ+ community.

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Gender Construction Kit – The UK guide to changing things linked to gender.

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FFLAG – a national voluntary organisation and registered charity, dedicated to supporting parents and families and their LGBT+ members.

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Specialist LGBTQIA+ helplines and support

See below for helplines relevant to those who are LGBTQIA+. To see our full list of helplines, visit our helplines page.

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Stonewall

Stonewall have compiled a list of organisations that work to support LGBT people in the UK. The list contains support services for mental and social wellbeing, useful advice, support for trans people and information on violence and abuse.

Visit the Stonewall website ➝
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LGBT+ Switchboard

LGBT+ Switchboard provide information, support and a referral service for lesbians, gay men and bisexual and trans people – and anyone considering issues around their sexuality and/or gender identity.

Visit the LGBT+ Switchboard website ➝
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