Please find below resources to support the mental health of LGBTQI+ young people which includes advice and guidance around a range of topics which might impact on their mental health.
LGBTQI+ Mental Health
This resource was created by the Anna Freud Centre following a survey of and workshops with LGBTQI+ young people including Young Champions from the Anna Freud Centre.
Research has shown that lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTQI+) young people are over two-and-a-half times more likely to have a mental health problem as those who identify as heterosexual. Being LGBTQI+ does not mean that a young person will have a mental health problem - the majority do not and many feel they can cope with the ups and downs of everyday life. However, identifying as part of the LGBTQI+ community can lead to unique challenges in growing up including fears about coming out, worries about being accepted by friends and family, and the impact of prejudice and discrimination.
This resource, LGBTQI+ mental health, explores some important topics in relation to being a member of the LGBTQI+ community. It provides advice for LGBTQI+ young people on where to go to get additional support for mental health problems should they arise.
The Proud Trust
The Proud Trust provides resources for LGBT+ young people.
Mermaids supports transgender, nonbinary and gender-diverse children and young people until their 20th birthday, as well as their families and professionals involved in their care.
Transgender, non-binary and gender-diverse children and teens need support and understanding, as well as the freedom to explore their gender identity. Whatever the outcome, Mermaids is committed to helping families navigate the challenges they may face.
LGBTQ+ inclusive books for young people
Please find links below - they are themed by categories including coming of age, friendship, celebrating difference and mental health:
LGBTQ+ Youth Group
No Straight Answer (NSA) is a youth club for young people aged 11-19 who are or feel they may be a part of the LGBTQ+ community. No Straight Answer is held at Heatham House Youth Centre, Twickenham every Friday. (We don’t advertise the exact time of the session on publicity material as we are keen to protect the identities of members of the group.)
The session is really diverse with full access to all of Heatham’s activities including sport, music, cooking, and art. It provides support, guidance and a safe space for young people to make new friends, socialise and take part in a wide range of activities. We also promote and explore young people's understanding of LGBTQ+identity, relationships and mental health through activities, discussions and workshops. As well as activities and discussions, young people also have the space to speak with a counsellor who is in session once a term that is also part of the community.