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LGBTQIA+ Pride e-chat

48 days ago

June is LGBTQIA+ Pride Month!

Why we celebrate Pride?
Pride is a term for the promotion of the dignity, equality, and increased visibility of LGBTQ+ people. It is Pride, as opposed to shame and social stigma, which is the main motivation for LGBTQ+ rights movements. It is a celebration of people coming together in love and friendship, to show how far LGBTQ+ rights have come, and how in some places there's still work to be done.

Pride is all about being proud of who you are no matter who you love and to come together as a community. Some of us identify as LGBTQ+. This means we may be lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, non-binary, queer or questioning etc.

LGBTQ+ and Mental Health and Wellbeing
Anyone can experience a mental health problem. But those of us who identify as LGBTQIA+ are more likely to develop:
• Low self-esteem
• Depression
• Anxiety, including social anxiety
• Eating problems
• Misusing drugs and alcohol
• Self-harm
• Suicidal feelings
• Other mental health problems.

Being LGBTQIA+ does not cause these problems.

The reasons why those of us with LGBTQIA+ identities are more likely to get them are very complicated. But it is most likely to do with facing things like:

• Homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.
• Stigma and discrimination.
• Difficult experiences of coming out.
• Social isolation, exclusion and rejection. Anyone can experience a mental health problem. But we know that those of us with LGBTQI+ identities may face extra challenges around getting the right support.

Join Stonewall Cymru on Thursday 7th of July at 12:30 for an e-chat on LGBTQIA+. The e-chat will cover some important stats and terms as well as some tips on how best we can take care of our mental health.

If you would like to request a Teams Invite, please email health&wellbeing@carmarthenshire.gov.uk.

If you would like to join on the day, please go to our What's On page or our Events and Activities Page. For further information and support please visit our Help and Support pages on our intranet.


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