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Gay men and the battle to be happy

The gay community has made many giant strides forward in recent years, but in certain areas we continue to stumble and make little progress.

In terms of our mental health and well-being, survey after survey tells us that we, as LGBT people, are much more likely to suffer from issues like depression, self-harm and suicidal tendencies than our straight peers. It nevertheless appears to be a stagnant situation, devoid of any significant breakthroughs.

Perhaps this is unsurprising, because mental health in the population overall remains shrouded in taboo. Those with mental health challenges are often failed by health services, not receiving the same understanding and empathy as someone with a physical health challenge.

Gay men and women can similarly feel that health services fail their needs – so for a gay person with mental health challenges, the situation can be amplified.

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