Sexuality

Being gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender or questioning your sexuality can be tough. Not knowing how people will react, dealing with homophobic attitudes and struggling with your feelings can affect your mental health and may contribute towards feeling depressed or anxious and having low self esteem.  You may feel isolated or trapped not being able to be yourself. Feeling different from the majority can be really hard and it can help to talk to someone about how you are feeling. Seeing a counsellor is confidential so you can talk openly about your sexuality without anyone finding out until you feel ready. Your school nurse or doctor can put you in touch with a counsellor, or there are local and national organisations who can help.

Remember if the person you first speak to does not help or does not believe you then speak to someone else.

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