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Mental health and growing up in the LGBT+ Community

Mental health and growing up in the LGBT+ Community

This week for LGBT+ History month we would like to recognise and showcase the importance of providing support and guidance to those who may have had struggles with their mental health when they were younger as well as showcasing additional support for our colleagues whose children may be part of the LGBT+ community.

From April 2021, A survey from 'Just like us' found that after speaking with 11 to 18-year-olds found that LGBT+ young people are twice as likely to experience depression, anxiety and panic attacks than those who are not LGBT+. Over half (55%) of young people within the LGBT+ community worry about their mental health daily, with 50% experiencing depression and 3 in 5 experiencing anxiety. But it's also important to note that not all people within the LGBT+ community will suffer with mental health issues.

Whether you're a parent, carer, friend, family member or ally, there's much more we can do to support our LGBT+ young people such as tackling stigma, addressing discrimination, helping to support our youngsters with their coming out journeys and those struggling with their identity.

We've linked to a few useful resources for more insight into how we can support our young people and those within the LGBT+ community.

For more information please see below: Just Like Us - Growing up LGBT+ / Stonewall - Young Futures / Children's tips for families


Children's Mental Health Week

This children's mental health week, which provides a platform for children and young people to have a platform to show that their 'voice matters.' It is a time to understand the impact of mental health on children and how we can help to support them feel empowered.

Whether you are a parent or grandparent, uncle, or auntie – we worry about our young, loved ones, and want to do what is best for them in supporting them on their journey to adulthood.

For more information: Improving children’s and young people's mental health – Place2Be

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