Sexuality and gender is a big part of who we are. And we know it can be a source of worry and confusion for some young people, particularly if they feel uncertain about their gender or sexuality.

Young people who identify as LGBTQ+ are more at risk of developing mental health difficulties, so it’s really important to us that you know you’ll be listened to, respected and accepted.

It can take time to fully understand your thoughts and feelings, and it’s ok not to be sure. Even if you are sure, it can still be a cause for worry and stress.

Helping you to find who you is, and be happy

The world is changing. It’s becoming a more accepting place. Coming out, sharing your feelings about gender or sexuality may be source of worry and we’re here to support you, however you identify – and to help you through periods of transition to be comfortable and happy as you.

What you identify with is down to you. You don’t have to rush into identifying with a label – whether this is part of the LGBTQ+ descriptions of people or any other label.

Labels are not always helpful. There’s no pressure in CAMHS for you to use or not use them. It’s up to you to decide about this and to use labels or words to describe you, that you feel comfortable with.

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