LGBT+ and mental health
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by larasteele
1w ago
Being LGBT+ doesn’t cause poor mental health. However, research shows that LGBT+ people are more likely to suffer from poor mental health including: This is largely because of the different and intersecting challenges the LGBT+ community face in society. LGBT+ people are more likely to experience the following: All these challenges can have a huge impact on mental… Source ..read more
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Racism and mental health: Kenya’s story
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by larasteele
1w ago
Content warning: Suicide, racism I first tried to take my own life when I was a teenager. From that moment through my teenage years and throughout my 20s, I would suffer from various mental health difficulties on a grand scale, facing death in the face way too many times. When you have faced death on multiple occasions and have come through the other side, you start to reflect on the… Source ..read more
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Sex and the menopause
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by larasteele
3M ago
It’s important to understand how some menopausal symptoms can get in the way of comfortable, pleasurable sex. Symptoms that might affect your desire for sex/sex drive: Symptoms that might affect your experience of sex: Experiencing pain or discomfort during sex can also impact you sex drive and libido. If you’re not in the right headspace… Source ..read more
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Support with the menopause
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by larasteele
3M ago
Did you know…? Less than 1/3 of people experiencing perimenopause symptoms told someone at work about their symptoms (UK Parliament, 2022) You might feel uncomfortable talking about the menopause and your symptoms at work, but it should never be something to be embarrassed about. By talking about it and its impact on your life, you can get the support you need as well as… Source ..read more
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Power imbalances in relationships
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by larasteele
5M ago
When one person in a relationship has more power than the other person, this is called a power imbalance. Power imbalances can come in many different forms, including: Not all relationships with power imbalances are a cause for concern – they can be healthy depending on the nature of the imbalance, the age of people involved and their motives and personalities. Source ..read more
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Consent and sex in long-term relationships
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by larasteele
6M ago
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My ADHD & perimenopause journey: Vicky’s story
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by larasteele
7M ago
Am I going mad? Could it be early onset dementia? Depression? Anxiety? What’s happening to my skin, hair, attitude, life?! Why can’t I move off this chair? This was me in 2021. My recent ADHD diagnosis doesn’t change anything in the past. I’ve always had ADHD and managed just fine. In hindsight it affected me regularly, especially when my hormones were fluctuating (so once a month then!). But ok... Source ..read more
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Consent in long-term relationships
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by larasteele
8M ago
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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: Scarlett’s story 
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by larasteele
8M ago
I was diagnosed with PCOS when I was about 16 years old. It all started when I began menstruating around the age of 14. From the beginning, I experienced irregular and painful periods. Unfortunately, my GP initially dismissed my concerns, attributing them to the normal adjustment period for girls before their cycles settle down. But my struggles went beyond just irregular periods. Back in the mid... Source ..read more
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Chlamydia: Rosa’s story
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by larasteele
9M ago
During my third year at university, I had one exclusive partner and so our precautions with condoms were limited. When I became single again in the summer before my fourth year I found it difficult to adjust. Most of the sexual encounters I had were after a night out and I was fairly drunk because I found the transition back to being single difficult. I wasn’t in a great place emotionally... Source ..read more
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