Mental Health & Wellbeing

Dr Pavan Joshi

Anyone can experience mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, self-harm, alcohol & drug misuse, and suicide thoughts, but LGBTQIA+ people experience these issues more frequently.

Being LGBTQIA+ does not cause these problems. However, several experiences LGBTQIA+ people have, like discrimination, homophobia or transphobia, social isolation, rejection, and difficulties related to coming-out and social acceptance, can have an impact on their mental health.

In addition to this, unfortunately many South Asian communities have a higher stigma towards mental health difficulties and mental illnesses.

GIN LGBTQIA+ network routinely organises events to support well-being through connections, communication, and activities focussed on well-being, such as ‘Saathi’. For further information on these events, please follow our newsletters and our social media: Meetup, Twitter and Instagram

Helpful resources and references for mental health and wellbeing:

What is mental health and well-being?

World Health Organisation describes mental health as “a state of mental well-being that enables people to cope with the stresses of life, realise their abilities, learn well and work well, and contribute to their community. It is an integral component of health and well-being that underpins our individual and collective abilities to make decisions, build relationships and shape the world we live in”.

What can I do to keep my mental health and well being?

NHS - 5 steps to mental wellbeing
NHS - Mental wellbeing tips - Understanding mental health for young people - Looking after you wellbeing for young people

What are mental health problems?

NHS - Mental health issues - About mental health problems

How can I self-help?

NHS - Self help
NHS - Mental wellbeing tips

What if I need support?
NHS - Every mind matters

When I need urgent support?

Healthy London - Urgent support lines
NHS - Where to get urgent help
Contact Samaritans
Papyrus UK
The Calm Zone

LGBTQIA+ mental health support

Mindout - LGBTQ+ Mental health
NHS - Mental health support for LGBTQ+
Rainbow Mind

Transgender support and health

Resources for trans and non-binary people
MindLine Trans+
Gendered Intelligence - Mental health and trans people

South Asian LGBTQIA+ support groups

Groups - GIN, SARBAT, IMAAN, Hidayah, British Asian, Naz and Matt, GIN- Saathi
British Asian LGBTI

How do I find mental health professional?

What if I need to see a counsellor?
How can I find a psychotherapist?
How can I find a psychiatrist?
Black and Asian Therapists Network

How do I help someone experiencing mental health problems?

How can other people be supportive?
Every mind matter - supporting others

How do I get help if I am caring for someone?

Support for carers

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