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LGBT and lonely: finding people like you

Posted July 6th 2017 by Ciara

We have been following BBC Radio Scotland’s week of conversations around ‘Isolation and Loneliness’, and have been thinking about how being part of a minority group can sometimes mean you feel more isolated or lonely.

For LGBT people, if you don’t live in a big city or don’t have access to safe, welcoming places, it can be hard to find like-minded people that you can share experiences with. Understanding who you are and how to share this with the people around you can be an isolating and difficult experience.  LGBT people are much more likely to experience poor mental health and accessing the right support isn’t always easy if you’re worried about experiencing homophobia or transphobia.

However, support does exist and finding people who understand you can make things feel much easier and less lonely. Groups like LGBT Age, LGBT Youth and Rainbow Families are all there to help. We’re working with Rainbow Families on our  Peer Support for Parents project, and the guidance, support and community they provide for all kinds of families is amazing.

Finding a community of people who understand and respect you is important for feeling less alone. Joining a local LGBT group and getting more involved in the community has personally helped me a lot, and led to finding lots of great opportunities and friendships. Look out for groups and meet ups happening near you, or have a look online- there is lots of advice and support available and even friendships to be made!

Find out more about LGBT Health and Wellbeing on their website, and check out our Peer Support for Parents page.

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