mental health resources for the LGBTQ+ community


Navigating mental health can be difficult for everyone, but for many queer people there are added barriers to consider. 

To recognise Mental Health Awareness Week, here’s a list of free and affordable mental health resources that you, or someone you know, might find helpful.

Not all of these organisations are explicitly queer, but many are – it’s up to you which to contact. We understand that as a queer person, there’s often a concern that a GP, youth worker or therapist won’t understand what you’re going through. We want you to know that you’re not alone.

getting support during a crisis

If you are not able to do these things alone, reach out and ask a trusted person to help you.
  • Call 999

    who will send out an ambulance.

  • Go to A&E

    if you are able and have access to transport.

  • Call your local crisis team

    find your local helpline on the NHS website.

How to register with a GP

GPs can also provide treatment for mental health problems and offer long-term care and support. Here is how to register to your local GP:
  • 1.

    Find a GP

    enter your postcode and you'll see a list of GPs to choose from.

    bear in mind that some GP practices only accept patients from a certain map area, called a practice boundary. If you're not sure if you're in the practice boundary, look at their website - they usually have this information in the 'new patients' section.

  • 2.

    Fill out a form

    you'll be asked to provide proof of address and proof of id.

    if you're unsure about what documents to provide, or need help filling in the forms, get in touch with an akt Caseworker. The practice may also have their own forms they'd like you to fill in.

  • 3.

    You don't have to provide ID

    when registering with a GP, but it is helpful to do so.

    if you can, provide at least one of these documents when registering with your GP: passport, birth certificate, HC2 certificate, rough sleepers’ identity badge, hostel registration/mail forwarding letter. You should not be refused registration or appointments because you do not have a proof of address or personal identification at hand.

  • 4.

    The process can take up to a couple of weeks

    but you'll probably hear back in a couple days.

    reach out to your gp service directly if you want to know more about when you can expect to hear back.

If you find you are feeling suicidal you should discuss it with a doctor as soon as possible. if you feel in crisis right now, you can contact the samaritans on 116 123 (freephone).