Promoting better LGBTQ+ mental health and wellbeing in Calderdale and beyond.

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In Numbers

46%

Almost half of trans people (46 per cent) have thought about taking their own life in the last year, 31 per cent of LGB people who aren’t trans said the same.

LGBT In Britain – Health Report

1 in 8

LGBT people aged 18-24 (13%) said they’ve attempted to take their own life in the last year.

LGBT In Britain – Health Report

52%

Half of LGBT people (52 per cent) said they’ve experienced depression in the last year.

LGBT In Britain – Health Report

19%

One in five LGBT people (19 per cent) aren’t out to any healthcare professional about their sexual orientation when seeking general medical care. This number rises to 40 per cent of bi men and 29 per cent of bi women.

LGBT In Britain – Health Report

13%

One in eight LGBT people (13 per cent) have experienced some form of unequal treatment from healthcare staff because they’re LGBT.

LGBT In Britain – Health Report

14%

One in seven LGBT people (14 per cent) have avoided treatment for fear of discrimination because they're LGBT.

LGBT In Britain – Health Report

Top 10 ways to look after your mental health

Malcolm Struthers, Happy Valley Pride trustee, clinical hypnotherapist, and mental health campaigner, provides a few simple steps that can make a big difference to your mental health. Best of all you can do all of them straight away!

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1. Talk about your feelings

'I'm fine!' is our standard response when someone asks how we are. Talking about how you truly feel can help you to stay positive and to manage the times when you feel low. Talk to friends, family, colleagues, or use one of the many services who are ready and waiting to have a chat. There’s nothing better than catching up with someone face to face. However, if that is not possible, give them a call, drop them a note, or chat with them online.

2. Get moving

As well as improving your physical fitness regular exercise keeps the brain healthy. Exercise really does help you focus, sleep well, feel better, and boost your self-esteem. Simply get moving, in whatever way that works for you! Go for a run or a brisk stroll. Dance in your kitchen. It doesn’t matter so long as you get moving. You don’t need to run a marathon, just a brisk stroll can make a big difference. We are so lucky to have such spectacular scenery on our doorstep – make the most of it!

3. Express gratitude

Gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Try and think of three things each day you are thankful for. Even better, write them down. There are many apps available or buy yourself a gratitude journal. Doing this regularly can help you feel more positive and optimistic. Feeling ‘grateful’ isn’t always easy, especially at the moment, but focusing on the good things in your life really will give you a boost each day.

4. Stop comparing yourself

You may think everyone is doing better than you. We have probably all scrolled through social media thinking everyone else is so happy and together. What people put out there is rarely a true representation of how they really feel. We all like to show off when things are going well, but keep quieter when things are not so good. Don’t compare your down to their up. 

5. Eat and drink well

A diet that’s good for your physical health is also good for your mental health. Pizza and chocolate are fine in moderation (maybe not at the same time), but making sure we get a well-balanced diet really does help our mental wellbeing. We often drink alcohol to change our mood. Some people drink to deal with fear or loneliness, or perhaps when we are stressed or when we want to relax. The effect is only temporary and can often make us feel worse. Drinking is not a good way to manage difficult feelings. 

6. Give yourself a break

A change may not be as good as a holiday but a change of scene or a change of pace can give you a quick boost. It could be a quick pause from work, a half-hour walk, or a weekend exploring somewhere new. A few minutes times to yourself can be enough to de-stress you. Try to give yourself 10 minutes of proper relaxation each day – no distractions – no screens. Truly switch off - give yourself a break.  Practice this - as it is tougher than it sounds but really does help. 

7. Write it down

Jot down your worries and anxieties. Get them out of your head and onto a bit of paper. As mentioned,  writing down what you are grateful for is really impactful. Also write down your worries or concerns, your plans for the day, just a few words about how you are feeling. Invest in a journal or a diary, or just use a post-it note or scrap of paper. It can be a long list or just a few bullet points. It doesn’t matter.

8. Do something you enjoy

What do you love doing? What activities can you lose yourself in? What did you enjoy doing in the past? Take some time every day to do something you love is important – it is important for our short-term happiness, and for our long-term mental and emotional well-being. Perhaps even learn a new skill. Painting, baking, knitting, music, dancing, writing... it doesn't matter! Give it a go. 

9. Accept who you are

We are all different. Being part of the LGBTQ+ community means we probably know that more than most.  Sometimes it is important to remind ourselves. Feeling good about yourself boosts your confidence and self-esteem and this helps you cope when life is difficult. Always give yourself a break, treat yourself with kindness. Treat yourself as you treat others. Talk to yourself as you would talk to a friend - it is surprising how little we do this. 

10. Ask for help

We all sometimes feel overwhelmed by how we feel.

These hints and tips are a great way to help manage how you feel. However if things are getting too much for you and you feel you can’t cope, ask for help.

That is why we have provided a summary of services and organisations you can reach out to.

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Videos

Mike's Story

Mike tells us about his experience and how he received the help he needed when he needed it.

Mike's Story

Mike tells us about his experience and how he received the help he needed when he needed it.

Emily's Story

Emily shares her story and tells us about her mental health journey so far.

Emily's Story

Emily shares her story and tells us about her mental health journey so far.

Why this campaign is important

Find out why this campaign is vital, now more than ever.

Why this campaign is important

Find out why this campaign is vital, now more than ever.

What can you do?

Some ways you can access advice, support, guidance, and help.

What can you do?

Some ways you can access advice, support, guidance, and help.

What Does Hope Mean To You?

For World Suicide Prevention Day 2021, under the international theme of ‘Creating hope through action’, the NSPA wanted to explore the idea of ‘hope’ in suicide prevention. Some of those involved in Mind Your Head shared what hope means to them.

What Does Hope Mean To You?

For World Suicide Prevention Day 2021, under the international theme of ‘Creating hope through action’, the NSPA wanted to explore the idea of ‘hope’ in suicide prevention. Some of those involved in Mind Your Head shared what hope means to them.
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Resources

There may be occasions when you need extra support and help. That’s OK! Here are some links to a number of services that are ready and able to help. 

Local

These services are all based in or around Calderdale. You can contact these services directly or talk to your GP about your situation and how they can help. 

Barnado's - Positive Identities - Healthy Identities Project

Healthy Identities is a universal primary preventative project working with LGBTQ young people aged up to 25 to access advice, information and support including mental health. 

Brunswick Centre

Counseling is available to gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men and female partners of men who are attracted to having relationships/sex with men and people living with HIV. They also have other services available - take a look! 

Calderdale Council

For information on talking therapies and how to access help contact Halifax Community Mental Health team on 01422 262358 or 01422 262359 or Lower Valley Community Mental Health Team on 01422 262357 or 01422 262356.

Healthy Minds Calderdale

Calderdale's local mental health charity, led by people who have personal experience of emotional distress.

Many resources and services are available including support groups, courses and workshops, and more. 

Includes Roshani, a mental health education project for Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) groups, and Time Out, services for ages 10-19.

NHS Calderdale

24-hour Mental Health Helpline available to anyone registered with a GP in Calderdale.

0800 183 0558

Open Minds (CAMHS)

The Open Minds (CAMHS) in Calderdale provide specialist mental health and emotional support for children and young people who are under the age of 18. 

01422 300 001

Unmasked Mental Health

They help remove the stigma of mental health with a dedicated counselling service, support hubs and an app for anyone to chat anonymously with others and get peer-to-peer support.

If you feel you may not be safe or are at risk of not being safe, call 999 or go to your local A&E for emergency support.

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National Services

These services have a broader geographical remit but provide a number of useful services open to you. 

Andy's Man Club

With 28 groups, and growing, across the UK including many in Calderdale where the project started, these clubs provide a safe space for men to talk.

Anxiety UK

Charity providing support if you have been diagnosed with an anxiety condition.

Helpline: 03444 775 774 (lines open Mondays - Fridays 9.30am – 5.30pm)
Text: 07537 416 905
Emailsupport@anxietyuk.org.uk

Bipolar UK

A charity helping people living with manic depression or bipolar disorder with a range of advice, information and services. 

CALM

The Campaign Against Living Miserably, or CALM, is a charity providing a mental health helpline and online chat. Every week 125 people in the UK take their own lives. And 75% of all UK suicides are male. CALM exists to change this. 

Galop

Galop support LGBT+ people who have experienced abuse and violence.

National LGBT+ Domestic Abuse Helpline - 0800 999 5428

LGBT Foundation

LGBT Foundation is a national charity delivering advice, support and information services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) communities including on mental health.

Helpline & Email Support

Support When Experiencing Suicidal Thoughts

Men's Health Forum

24/7 stress support for men by text, chat and email. Information, services and treatments that men and boys need to live healthier, longer and more fulfilling lives.

Mental Health Foundation

Provides information and support for anyone with mental health problems or learning disabilities. This includes community and peer programmes, research, public engagement and advocacy.

Mind

Mind offers information and advice to people with mental health problems.

LGBTQ+ Mental Health

Helpline: 0300 123 3393 (lines open Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm)

Emailinfo@mind.org.uk

MindOut

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans & Queer Mental Health Service with services are offered online, by phone and by email. 

No Panic

Voluntary charity offering support for sufferers of panic attacks and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). Offers a course to help overcome your phobia or OCD.

Helpline: 0300 772 9844 (lines open Monday – Friday 3pm- 6pm, Thursday to 8pm & Saturday 6pm - 8pm)

Youth Helpline: 0330 606 1174 (lines open Monday - Friday 3pm – 6pm, Thursday open till 8pm, Saturday 6pm – 8pm)

Rethink Mental Illness

A huge range of advice, services and resources. Including some specific resources for the LGBTQ+ community.

LGBT Mental Health

Samaritans

Whatever you're going through, a Samaritan will face it with you. You can also call them free, day or night, 365 days a year on 116 123.

Sane

SANE is a leading UK mental health charity. We work to improve the quality of life for anyone affected by mental illness.

StayAlive (app)

A pocket suicide prevention resource for the UK, packed full of useful information to help you stay safe. You can use it if you are having thoughts of suicide or if you are concerned about someone else who may be considering suicide.

Switchboard – LGBT+ Helpline

A safe space for anyone to discuss anything, including sexuality, gender identity, sexual health and emotional well-being. 

0300 330 0630 - Open 10am to 10pm every day

YoungMinds

The UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people's mental health. It includes information on child and adolescent mental health and services for parents and professionals.

There are also a huge number of private therapies available including counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), hypnotherapy and many more. Most private therapists offer a free consultation for you to discuss what you want to achieve and to find out if what they offer is suitable for you. 

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Other Resources

There are lots of other resources and help available including many private therapists based in Calderdale and available online. Here are just a few additional resources and ways to access private support. 

BBC Headroom

Whether it is everyday tips, sounds to relax your mind, strategies to cope with parenting right now or films to get you talking, BBC Headroom are here to help you look after yourself and your loved ones.

ChillPanda

Learn to relax, manage your worries and improve your wellbeing with ChillPanda. The app measures your heart rate and suggests tasks to suit your state of mind. Tasks include simple breathing techniques and light exercises to take your mind off your worries.

welldoing.org

Welldoing.org is the UK’s leading therapist matching service for in-person and online therapy and coaching. Their mission is to improve mental wellbeing support for all, through better access, understanding and efficiency. 

Events

Past Show

Online

Matthew Todd – Out of the Straight Jacket

In this live digital event, he explains how the experience of growing up in our society is deeply traumatic for many LGBTQ folk, how it can affect us…

Watch

Matthew Todd – Out of the Straight Jacket

In this live digital event, he explains how the experience of growing up in our society is deeply traumatic for many LGBTQ folk, how it can affect us, and what we can do about it. Followed by a Q&A.

Originally shown 12/09/21

Past Show

Online

Understanding, recognising and managing anxiety

Sarah Long is an Accredited Mental Health First Aid Instructor Member and founder of Sarah Long Mental Health & Wellbeing.

In this webinar, sh…

Watch

Understanding, recognising and managing anxiety

Sarah Long is an Accredited Mental Health First Aid Instructor Member and founder of Sarah Long Mental Health & Wellbeing.

In this webinar, she will look at understanding, recognising, and managing anxiety.

Join on our Virtual Event Space or on Facebook Live. 

Originally shown 30/09/21

Past Show

Online

Guided Hypnotherapy Session

Thomas Mcgowan helps people to find themselves again using a plethora of techniques including hypnotherapy, EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), and NL…

Watch

Guided Hypnotherapy Session

Thomas Mcgowan helps people to find themselves again using a plethora of techniques including hypnotherapy, EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), and NLP (Neuro-Linguistics Programming). 

In this online session, he will provides a guided relaxation session that will help you feel more positive, motivated, and engaged. 

Originally shown 14/10/21

30Oct

Online

Camp Fit with Carl - Mood Booster

Join us for a fun-filled, mood-boosting online workout with Carl from Camp Fit ('No. 1 Online Lockdown Workout' - The Independent).

Mental…

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Content Warning

This page and the linked resource features issues of suicide and self-harm. Please do not read if you think this might be triggering or harmful to you. If you feel you may not be safe or are at risk of not being safe, call 999 or go to your local A&E for emergency support. 

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