We’re very aware of the enormous strain on the personal resources of our colleagues and clients within the trans and non-binary communities due to the hostile social climate from sections of the media and society. We are grateful to some trans counsellors for the curation of this material and hope they might be helpful.

Do feel free to let us know other websites and resources which you feel could be added to this list.

  • So what does self-care mean if you’re trans/non-cisgender or questioning? What is helpful to know if you’re a cisgender ally? Self-Care in the Trans Community from the LGBT Foundation.
  • It is important to learn how to combat your own mental distress whether it is depression or social anxiety or anything else by making note of what works for you. Gendered Intelligence offers advice on making a self-care plan.
  • Positivity. Self-care. Success. Some useful tips and sharable graphics from TransActual.
  • Anyone can experience a mental health problem. But those of us who identify as LGBTIQ+ are more likely to develop particular problems. Helpful advice on LGBTIQ+ mental health from Mind.
  • Experiencing anti-LGBT+ hate can be very challenging and difficult, and impact your wellbeing. This information sheet from Galop offers some suggestions on how you can work towards improving your wellbeing if you are experiencing harassment or abuse. 
  • In the UK we feel much more comfortable about speaking about our physical fitness yet face stigma when discussing our mental fitness. There are many methods to support wellbeing and mental wellbeing and you can choose some that work for you. Mental health tips and advice from Stonewall.
  • Mental health problems such as depression or self-harm can affect any of us, but they’re more common among people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT). Advice on when and where to get help from the NHS.
  • Our peer-led trans services are accessible to all trans and gender-diverse people, including but not limited to those who are trans men and women, agender, non-binary, queer and gender-fluid, not medically transitioning, not out, questioning, intersex and gender non-conforming. A variety of trans services and support groups from Spectra.

If you’re going through a crisis or just need someone to talk to, the Samaritans are on hand 24 hours a day, 365 days a year offering a non-judgemental person to talk to who’ll listen. Call 116 123, email jo@samaritans.org or visit Samaritans.org

Dominic Davies
Author: Dominic Davies