Bodily health and wellbeing are interconnected with mental health. The body is also a key site for self and gender expression. Opportunities and resources to explore choices relating to the body are invaluable for the validation of LGBTQ+ identities.
Early mental health services should support, without imposing, bodily health and expression.
What’s the problem?
Jess* (young person) said “I was struggling with issues of my gender identity and appearance, and I hadn’t had any way of getting support that could result in me being able to get or at least talk about getting hormones and other transition related help. I was very worried that I may age into the body of an older man within the next few years. These fears have alleviated as time has passed but the relief of knowing that I was able to do something was incredibly helpful.”