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Behind The Eyes aims 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 recent study at Hart Gables, we found that a high percentage of young LGBT people accessing our service suffer from poor mental health. We now have 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 aim to create stronger links with local services, ie. CAHMS, to help provide holistic care through one to one sessions or group support.
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