According to our 2020 report ‘Shut Out’, three in ten disabled 16-24 year olds (29 per cent) are not in education, training or work, compared to 9 per cent of those without disabilities.
You can read more in our Health Report, and we have also developed some easy read versions of our other resources.
Organisations that can help and provide support and guidance
Regard is a national organisation of lesbians, gay men, bi, trans and queer people (LGBTQ) who self-identify as disabled. They follow the Social Model of Disability. This is a way of thinking about disability that says it is society that needs to change by removing the barriers that deny us inclusion and equal rights. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Unique LGBT is a group which meets monthly in King's Cross and central London. Unique is run by disabled LGBTQ+ people, for disabled LGBTQ+ people.
Deaf LGBTIQA provides information, represents and supports deaf people who are either coming out and/or identify as LGBTIQA.
Mental health and finding a therapist
Pink Therapy is the UK’s largest independent therapy organisation working with gender and sexual diversity clients. You can search and find therapists on their site.
Counselling Directory is a comprehensive database of UK counsellors and psychotherapists, with information on their training and experience, fees and contact details. Use keywords such as ‘LGBT’, ‘gay’, ‘lesbian’, ‘bi’, ‘trans’ or ‘same-sex couple’ to find professionals who specialise in supporting LGBT people.
The Gendered Intelligence (GI) Network for Therapists and Counsellors aims to support therapists and counsellors to enable a positive experience in a therapy setting for trans people (and their families). Here's a link to the PDF version.
Nationwide free support phone lines
- Switchboard – the LGBT+ helpline. Telephone: 0300 330 0630, open 10am–10pm every day. Email support: email@example.com. Online chat is also available through their homepage
- SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health) – Telephone: 0141 530 1000. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mind provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. Telephone: 0300 123 3393 (9am-6pm, Monday to Friday) email@example.com
- MindLine Trans+ – a confidential emotional, mental health support helpline for people who identify as transgender, agender, gender fluid and non-binary. Telephone: 0300 330 5468.
- Samaritans offer a safe place to talk any time you like, in your own way – about whatever’s getting to you. You don’t have to be suicidal. Free phone calls, 24 hours a day, from landline or mobile: 116 123. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Other useful sources of support
For further information contact Stonewall's Information Service.