Mental Health Challenges
There is not always an awareness of the difficulties that lesbians can face. For example, there is still prejudice and misunderstanding, as well as sexist prejudice which can negatively impact mental health.
Research has shown that gay women are almost twice as unlikely to be out in the workplace as gay male colleagues. The word ‘lesbian’ can be uncomfortable for people to use or can be used as a joke or an insult. Moreover, Film and television, particularly reality tv, are still behind on representation, or accurate representation, of lesbian relationships. The media, can portray them as being over sexualised, for the benefit of the straight male audience.
The pressure of coming out or keeping identity and relationships hidden can take a toll on mental health, with worry about not meeting expectations and fear of prejudice and homophobia.
There can be a sense of shame felt about having feelings of attraction for the same gender, or confusion and guilt. Additionally, it can be lonely and isolating, particularly in young people.
Having supportive people around you who accept your sexual identity can have a huge positive impact on mental health and wellbeing. There is great positivity to be found in realising this is who I love, and this is who I am. I’m not alone in how I feel and there are others who are just like me.
We support Dorset Mind in spreading the word, to look after your mental wellbeing. Be kind to yourself, recognise your self-worth and if you are struggling, find support for your mental health/wellbeing.
In summary, lesbians are valid, important, and completely deserving of respect and acceptance!
Our Guest Blogger
Huge thanks to our guest blogger Katie from Space Youth Project. Space Youth Project is a Dorset Charity, providing support and young groups for LGBTQIA+ young people.
Visit their website to find out more.
Dorset Mind run an LGBTQIA+ group for aged 18+, MindOut is a safe, confidential, and accepting space for LGBTQIA+ people experiencing mental health issues. It offers recovery-based peer and staff support.
Find additional support and useful resources for young people up to 25-yrs by visiting this page.
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Dorset Mind is a self-funded local charity that helps people in Dorset experiencing mental health problems access the vital support they need. The charity is at the very heart of our communities shaping futures, changing and in some cases literally saving lives.