"Sometimes having a secret that nobody else knows can be fun and exciting, but hiding your true self from the world is always going to create problems for you. Sexuality is something we are born with, like the colour of my red hair.
"Living with your sexuality hidden from your friends, loved ones, or even hiding it from yourself can mean that you develop mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. It took me a while to feel good about who I am, for a while I hid it and experience anxiety over being caught out. I'm a Husband, Brother, Son, Father, Baker and I'm Bi. If you can, do as Oscar Wilde said 'Be yourself, everyone else is already taken'", Fred Crossman, Mental Health Services Manager.
If you are experiencing issues around your sexuality or gender identity our Mental Health team offers youth counselling for 11-25 year olds and adult counselling for over 25s.
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Ebere - First Point
I wish this service was around when I was newly diagnosed. I felt my world had fallen apart around me and I didn't know which way to turn for support. You are offering a very valuable service.
Peter- First Point
I felt so relieved to have a named First Point worker who I can call if I need to be referred to a particular service.
Michael - Counselling
I gained a huge amount of help from the counselling service and would like to thank the service for offering so much support.
Abimbola- First Point
It has been a long time since I felt that someone actually listened to me.
Kwasi - Mentoring
During the 6 month programme, I developed a close relationship with my mentor. Knowing that I would have to talk to him honestly about what I did in the previous 2 weeks somehow forced me to be safe every time I had an encounter.
Sarah - Counselling
The help and understanding I experienced from everyone I came into contact with whilst using the Metroís services was amazing.
Joe - Mentoring
The programme had such an impact on my life that I decided to come on board as a volunteer mentor!
Simon - Mentoring
By discussing things at such an intimate level with my mentor, I really came face to face with some of the reasons why I was taking chances before.
Joan - First Point
Thank you so much for taking time to listen to me and truly understand how I am feeling. This is the only appointment I've had regarding HIV that didnít feel rushed.
David - Counselling
Outstanding people. Outstanding service. Outstanding counselling. Truly something that has allowed me to turn my life around.