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Mental health matters

Mental health is about your emotional, psychological and social well-being. This includes how we think, feel, and act and also helps determine how we manage stress, relate to others, and make choices.

Many factors contribute to mental health and problems which may occur, including biological factors, such as genes or brain chemistry; life experiences, such as trauma or abuse; and/ or family history of mental health problems.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), mental health is "a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community". WHO stresses that mental health "is not just the absence of mental disorder".

"Striking findings contained in new study may broaden appreciation of unique stressors faced by gay and bisexual men: The five-year study is based on five psychological studies, including four meticulously designed experiments with nine cohorts of gay and bisexual men. Pachankis and his colleagues found that the stress gay and bisexual men reported experiencing related to their community’s preoccupation with sex, status and competition, as well as racism within their ranks, was associated with compromised mental health, especially for those lower on the gay-status totem pole. These connections held even when the investigators controlled for traditional factors tied to the stress of being a stigmatized sexual minority as well as general life stress."

Pressure to keep up: status imbalance a major factor in stress in gay men | The Guardian | 29 Feb 2020

Anxiety and the LGBTQ+ community | GMFA | 28th Aug | 2019
Mental health and the LGBTQ+ community: can we be happy? | GMFA | 28th Aug | 2019
When Tugay realised he was gay, he tried to erase his sexuality with an extreme form of his religion | BBC 3 | 1 May 2019
Mental health care responses are failing LGBT people - some ideas... | Mental Health Today | 23 Aug 2018
'I can't be myself': elderly LGBT people face isolation and stigma in care homes and hospitals | Huff Post | 21 Jul 2018
Why young LGBT people need alcohol-free safe spaces | BBC News | 28 Jun 2018
Why London’s LGBT communities need their own base more than ever | The Guardian | 21 Jun 2018
We need to talk about how Grindr is affecting gay men’s mental health | Vox | 4 Apr 2018
Adverts for LGBT mental health service ‘crass and exploitative' | Pink News | 16 Feb 2018
Time to talk 2018: What it’s like to deal with mental health issues when you’re LGBT, and how to find the help you need | Pink News | 1 Feb 2018
How to cope when you're gay and lonely | GQ | 10 Jan 2018

Growing up gay in a straight world: Olly Alexander | BBC Three | 6 Mar 2019 | 3m 34s

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