" I am a gay woman, and have experienced periods of anxiety and low moods for most of my life."

i am a gay woman, and have experienced periods of anxiety and low moods for most of my life. i think these are related to my sexuality, which i suppressed for a very long time.



"My mental health was a lot better when i first came to university,"

My mental health was a lot better when i first came to university, but when i got my first girlfriend - even though this was generally an amazing experience - my anxiety got a lot worse. i think because i had to tell everyone i knew about my sexuality and couldn't hide it anymore that it all felt very real and overwhelming.




I find that exercise, working hard and going to therapy have really helped me in recent months. having friends who you are able to speak with openly about how you're feeling, and the support from my girlfriend has also been so valuable. also, finding friends and support from the lgbt+ community has been so helpful in feeling that i am not alone in my experiences and emotions. this is the biggest factor i think that lgbt+ people should be aware of in relation to finding mental health support.

"finding friends and support from the lgbt+ community has been so helpful"

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