LGBTQ people are at higher risk of experiencing mental health problems than the general population, and they often experience stigma because of both their mental health and their sexuality. These stories explore what it's like to have a mental health problem as an LGBTQ person. 

I was named and shamed for both my schizophrenia and being transgender

September 11, 2017

At the age of two I was adopted. I was a mixed heritage child, placed with a white family. My early recollections were of brutality. I was born in the mid-50s. My white mother and I were sitting on a train and a man verbally abused my mother because he thought she was married to a black man. Racial tension was blatant. I saw my first black person at the age of 12 because we lived in the quaint streets of suburbia.

Anxiety and depression took over my life

July 1, 2017

I am 34 years old, and I have battled depression and anxiety for about 18/19 years. I have spent long periods in depression, and experienced periods where I have felt OK. However, in the last 12 months or so depression, anxiety and panic disorder took over my life. I struggled to focus on anything thing for any period of time, from work to going to the gym, or even just a shopping trip.