This coming week marks Transgender Awareness Week!
This is an important week that raises visibility of transgender individuals, as well as highlights the many issues faced by the trans community.
Transgender people around the world experience abuse, discrimination, violence and stigma.
Evidence suggests that transgender individuals are more at risk of certain health issues, such as different cancers, heart disease and obesity. Experiences of violence, transphobia and discrimination also increases a trans- person’s risk of experiencing mental health issues.
If you would like more information, please visit TransActualUK online. This website was founded by a group of trans individuals in 2017 in a direct response to transphobia, press hostility as well as misinformation.
To this day, they are ‘run by the trans community, with the trans community and for the trans community’.
This website also provides valuable information for transgender individuals, especially with regards to accessing health services in the UK.
Are you Trans and need support?
You can book an appointment with your GP if you would like to receive further support. We are always here to listen.
Mindline Trans: this is a branch of the charity Mind that offers support to the trans community. You can find out more information online, or if you need emotional support you can telephone the helpline on: 0300 330 5468 (the helpline is open 20:00pm- 23:00pm Friday evenings).
Mermaids: Mermaids is a safe space for young transgender people. You can find more information online where a web chat is also available, or you can telephone the helpline on: 0808 801 0400 (open between Monday- Friday 09:00am- 21:00pm).