Bree Leahy

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Bree Leahy

Greater than half of LGBT individuals within the UK have skilled despair prior to now 12 months, in keeping with a LGBT charity.

Stonewall says 52% of the 5,000 lesbian, homosexual, bi and transgender individuals it surveyed mentioned they’d struggled with it.

That is larger than common – psychological well being charity Thoughts says the nationwide common is 25%.

“The outcomes are alarming however sadly they don’t seem to be shocking,” says NHS scientific psychologist Chris Wilson.

“They do replicate what we see in scientific follow.”

‘I used to be all the time referred to as names’

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Bree says she was anxious her love for enjoying soccer in school would make her a goal

Bree, who’s 19 and lives in London, says she’s struggled along with her psychological well being due to her experiences as a younger homosexual teen.

“Once I was in school, I used to be all the time the butt of the homosexual jokes and it made me really feel unwell,” she tells Radio 1 Newsbeat.

“I assume you’d say I am your stereotypical lesbian. So in school I used to be all the time referred to as names at each alternative that they had.”

When she realised she was homosexual at 13, Bree says she was “terrified” her buddies would discover out due to their homophobia in direction of LGBT individuals.

“It is actually miserable to grasp that everybody round you thinks that you simply’re disgusting and you’ll’t really do something to alter it.”

Bree says she’s now “comfy” with herself and her sexuality, however even now says she suffers from nervousness when she is in public along with her girlfriend.

“On the despair facet of issues, issues are so much higher now, however you continue to do get that nervousness whenever you exit and you are feeling like you possibly can be outed,” she says.

‘It was a troublesome place to be inside my head’

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Charlie struggled with alcohol dependancy for 10 years

Charlie, not his actual title, 29, says the psychological well being issues he skilled as a teen later led to alcohol issues.

He is solely not too long ago been capable of cope with them.

“It was a troublesome place to be inside my head,” the 29-year-old says.

“There was no training on psychological well being and no training on LGBT points – and even the existence of LGBT individuals in a traditional, functioning position in society.”

Charlie says he started utilizing alcohol in his late teenagers to really feel extra assured and “overlook about all of the stuff that was inside my head”.

“From the age of eight to not less than 16 or 17 I needed to disguise what I used to be feeling.

“As these feelings acquired tougher to cope with, it was tougher to cover them and that brought on quite a lot of pressure on my mind, which led me to develop nervousness and despair all through my teenage years.”

Charlie is now in rehabilitation for alcohol dependancy, however says he is unhappy to think about what he is “missed out on” throughout his life as a result of his psychological well being points.

He urges younger LGBT individuals to talk to somebody they belief if they’re experiencing psychological well being points.

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