It’s important that we all look after our wellbeing, be that mental, physical or even sexual health.

You can find out about the health issues that affect you if you’re gay, lesbian or bisexual with practical advice on how to stay in good health, and how to get in contact with local groups that may be able to help if you are in need of help and support in our wellbeing section.

If something is troubling you, then there are many organisations that can help.


The Samaritans are there 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The helpline number is 08457 90 90 90 (calling the UK national number depends on your phone provider and your contract with them)

The Lesbian & Gay Switchboard is open every day of the week, between 10am and 11pm. The helpline number is 0300 330 0630

Being Lesbian, Gay or Bisexual is not a crime, but hate crime is. No one should have to put up with being harassed, bullied, victimised , verbally or physically abused because of their sexuality Read our guide about Hate Crime and how to get help if you’ve been affected. There are also an opportunity to report a Hate Crime instance on-line through various organisations.

You can read more in our Guide to Hate Crime

No matter what your age or gender, There are many local support groups that you can either visit, ring or email for help and advice on a range of subjects and issues.

Explore our local support guide to find out contact details and addresses.

Sexual Health

Many people with sexually transmitted infections (STIs) do not get symptoms, so it’s worth getting tested even if you feel fine. If you think you have an STI, the earlier you’re tested, the sooner treatment can be given if it’s needed.

An STI can be passed from one person to another through sexual contact, including vaginal, anal and oral sex.

STIs can pass between men and women, and from women to women and men to men.

For more specific sexual health advice, read advice from the NHS for women who have sex with women and sexual health for men who have sex with men.

Many STIs can be cured with antibiotics. Some, such as HIV, have no cure, but can be treated to prevent them getting worse.

Don’t be scared or embarrassed about going to a GUM clinic. An STI is an illness like any other – You’re looking after your body by going for a check-up.

Read our Guide about what to expect during a visit to a Sexual Health Clinic, and find out where your local Clinic can be found.