Factors affecting LGBTI people
The majority of lesbian, gay, bi, trans, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+)1 people lead happy, healthy and fulfilling lives. However, studies have discovered that non-heterosexual individuals can encounter twice as much abuse than their heterosexual counterparts. This prejudice and discrimination adds an additional layer of risk on top of biological, social, environmental and psychological factors which can lead to mental health conditions.
Research and real life experiences have found that LGBTIQ+ people have an increased risk of depression and anxiety, substance abuse, self-harming and suicidal thoughts.
When compared with heterosexual people, same-sex attracted and transgender people have higher levels of psychological distress and substantial levels of anxiety. Ref: https://www.beyondblue.org.au/
Your sexuality holds an important role in your identity and sense of self. Heterosexual people can also feel concern regarding their sexuality, especially if they believe their needs are not accepted in their social environment.
It is natural and common to be confused or question your sexuality at a young age. Sexual orientation — being gay, lesbian, bisexual, or straight — is about sexual attraction. All of these sexual orientations are perfectly normal. At Crestpoint we have a very compassionate and understanding group of individual practitioners who can support those who are unsure about issues surrounding themselves, their identity or sexual orientation. Please contact our reception on (07) 3420 6322 to ask about who would be the best person at Crestpoint Psychology to help support your needs, or email for more information