Behind The Eyes aimed to improve emotional well-being, in the form of one to one support and group work.

Everyone experiences emotional ups and downs caused by events that happen in our lives, LGBT people are no different when it comes to emotional wellbeing; we all have a part to play. LGBT people are three times more likely to experience a mental health condition, such as depression or generalised anxiety disorder. This fear of coming out and being discriminated against for their sexual orientation and/or gender identity can lead to much more serious long term conditions and can even lead to suicide. 

According to the 2016 Youth Chances Metro Report, 42% of LGBTQ respondents report going for medical help for depression or anxiety, compared to 29% of heterosexual non-trans respondents. Over half of LGBTQ respondents (52%) report self-harming, either now or in the past. This compares to 35% of heterosexual non-trans young people. 44% of the LGBTQ respondents report having thought about suicide. This compares to 26% of heterosexual non-trans respondents.

In a study at Hart Gables, we found that a high percentage of young LGBT people accessing our service suffer from poor mental health. To combat this we hired a mental health worker within different settings to provide immediate support to service users. Hart Gables want to take pressure off mental health services in the area by providing specialist support and working together to improve the lives of young LGBT people living in Stockton and Hartlepool. We created stroner links with local services, ie. CAHMS, to help provide holistic care through one to one sessions or group support. 

Behind The Eyes started our Monday group – Born 2 Be Stockton.

Further Support

For young people aged 11-19. A young persons health centre designed FOR young people, BY young people.
We provide a safe and comfortable environment for all your health concerns with a range of services available to meet your needs. Our staff can provide confidential advice and treatment for a range of problems.” 

See their website for more information: is a free, online counselling and emotional wellbeing platform for young people aged 11-18 years in Darlington, Hartlepool and Stockton.

The Kooth website allows young people to gain anonymous access to advice, support and guidance on any issue that is affecting their wellbeing. From friendship or relationship issues, family disagreements or difficult home lives, to concerns around eating, anxiety, stress, depression, self- harm, suicidal thoughts etc. 

Our qualified counsellors are here to give young people the support they need, when they need it.’s live chat service is available from Monday to Friday 12 noon – 10pm, Saturdays and Sundays 6pm – 10pm and is accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop, completely free of charge. 

As well as being able to talk to our counsellors, at you can also connect with other young people in monitored forums or get self-help through our online magazine. The large variety of forum categories allows young people to anonymously share their issues and receive positive messages of advice and support from young people across the country. As our forum posts are all checked before they go live on the site we can guarantee every young person a safe and helpful experience.

To register to Kooth, please go to

Behind the Eyes was funded by the Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees Clinical Commissioning Group.
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