Before I came out as transgender I suffered quite badly with my own mental health. I suffered from depression, suicidal thoughts, self harm and binge-eating. From the age of 10 I went through some life changing experiences which made me go through hell.
Being LGBT+ can be a isolating, daunting, lonely time. If you are LGBT+ you have a much higher chance of being kicked out of your house, you have a high risk of being bullied, you have the risk of loosing your job, you have the risk of being denied health care and your human rights are at risk. Individuals who identify as LGBT are 8 more times likely to commit suicide, which is worrying.
Being LGBT+ and having a mental illness isn’t spoken about as much as it should be, so highlighting these issues is needed!
If you are LGBT+ and suffering from a mental illness, here is my advice to you:
Seek help, be honest with yourself and others, never feel alone, make sure you have a safe place to live, ensure that you have friends who accept you around you and ALWAYS stay safe, because I promise it will get better, and I promise life isn’t always as gloomy as it seems.
I have been nominated for an award!!!
I have recently been nominated for the positive role model within the LGBT+ Community, which is awarded by the national diversity awards here in the UK. If you would like to vote for me, check out the link here.