Bisexuality and mental health: the double edged sword of stigma

It is very timely that our own conference Beyond Gay and Straight is taking bisexuality as it’s theme this year and is sold out! 🙂 We will be videoing the presentations to share on our YouTube Channel in due course.

Some of our previous conferences are already there: https://www.youtube.com/user/pinktherapyuk/playlists

The Queerness

Stephanie Farnsworth examines the stigma faced by those who are bisexual and have mental health issues.


The erasure and prejudice bisexual people regularly experience from society and within the LGBTQ+ community can place huge pressures on an individual. It can feel like a constant battle to manage personal well-being in the face of such hostility. Many people struggle to even accept that bisexuality is actually an identity which makes it increasingly difficult for bisexual people to be out, as shown by the fact that they are far less likely to be open about their sexuality. Furthermore, bisexual people have been found to be far more likely to experience substance abuse issues, depression, anxiety, self harm and suicidal ideation than gay or straight people. The isolation and pressures faced can feel intolerable and responses by mental health care professionals are still inconsistent and often lacking in empathy and understanding. Mental…

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