Mental Health

As gay, bisexual and men who have sex with men, we face a number of health inequalities, including lots of evidence indicating poor mental health. 

At some point in our lives, more than half of gay, bisexual and all men who have sex with men will experience some form of mental ill health, such as anxiety and depression. Alongside this, we experience higher rates of suicidal thoughts and harmful alcohol and substance use.

Our experiences of mental health are closely linked to the challenges we face as a community, from experiences of discrimination to accepting our own identity and the pressure to conform to societal expectations.

Trans men are more likely to experience poor mental health, such as depression and anxiety, than the rest of the population. This extends to an increased risk of self-harm and suicide. They are also more likely to have negative experiences in healthcare settings such as gender clinics, GPs and mental health services, making them less likely to access support. 

Despite the fact that mental health issues are so common in our communities, many of us find it difficult to talk about mental health, or feel ashamed and stigmatised for doing so.  

At SX we want that to change. Check out the pages in this section to find out more about some of the mental health issues men may face, and the support that is on offer.