Being gay is okay: Information and advice for gay, lesbian, bisexual and unsure under twenty-fives.


General - Teenage Health Freak: 'provides web-based, accurate and reliable health information to teenagers in a contemporary, cringe-free, entertaining and informative way'.

Pace - 'Health & well-being for London's LGBT communities since 1985.'

London Friend - LGBT health and wellbeing: 'Our services are developed to improve the health and mental well-being of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered people (LGB&T) and we work to be there when people need us most.'

Sexual health

Sex and young people - Lots of useful information from the NHS about sex, for young people. Highly recommended. 'GMFA – the gay men’s health charity. Improving gay men’s health by increasing the control they have over their own lives.' - 'AVERT is an international HIV and AIDS charity based in the UK, working to AVERT HIV and AIDS worldwide.' - Avert's Teens' Pages includes information on sex and relationships, sexual health, and has a gay and lesbian section. - Mobilizing BME (Black & Minority Ethnic) communities for sexual health (London). - Terrence Higgins Trust is the leading and largest HIV and sexual health charity in the UK. - Offers South London based 16-24 year olds an opportunity to order free Chlamydia self-testing kits. Also includes a good sexual health links section.

Shine ALOUD magazine - 'The magazine acts as a social enterprise that aims to educate and inform young people about sexual health and relationships on a personal level'.

Mental health

A note about counselling (UK): if you are referred by your NHS doctor to a counsellor (can include one-on-one or group therapy) there is often a waiting list, but the counselling service is free of charge. Finding a counsellor via a service like Youth Access will also be free of charge. An alternative to going via your GP is to find a private counsellor or psychotherapist yourself via local adverts, word-of-mouth recommendations, or a website like, but you will have to pay for the counselling. Charges vary, but expect £40-£100 per session/hour. Often counsellors offer a free initial consultation so you can find out if the service being offered sounds right for you and, just as importantly, decide if you like the counsellor before beginning any paid-for treatment. See the NHS page here for more information about counselling, the different types and how to access them.

NHS Counselling information - Information about counselling, the different types and how to access them.

Youth Access - The largest provider of advice and counselling services in the UK.

Pace - PACE is London's leading charity promoting the mental health and emotional well-being of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Mental health - Information from the NHS.

Stamp out stigma - Stamp out stigma against people with mental ill-health and learning disabilities.

SANEline - National out-of-hours telephone helpline offering emotional support and information for people affected by mental health problems (also see SANEmail). - 'Looking at Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual mental health issues.'

Rethink - The leading national mental health membership charity, works to help everyone affected by severe mental illness recover a better quality of life. - Self-harm recover advice and support

National Self Harm Network - (NSHN) The charity aims to empower individuals to explore reasons for their self-harm and to seek appropriate professional help.

Voice Collective - Information and support for children and young people who hear voices, see and sense things others don’t.


Trans Youth Group

The NHS's Gender dysphoria section

Substance abuse - Drugs advice and support. - Information about responsible drinking.

Eating disorders - The leading UK eating disorders charity. - 'Men get eating disorders too!'

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