As part of #ProjectHappy we spoke to LGBTQ+ people who have been affected by mental health issues. Phil Samba (also known as @idiosyncraticXL) is passionate campaigner for BME gay men and their sexual and mental health. His outspoken work in multiple campaigns and online includes the Me. Him. Us HIV prevention series for GMFA. Here he talks to us about what mental health means to him, how therapy can help, what his experience as a black gay man has taught him about race and mental health inequality.

What Next?


Switchboard is a helpline for LGBTQ+ people where you can talk about whatever's bothering you. You can speak to someone who's LGBTQ+ like you, and be directed toward support. You can contact Switchboard on 0300 330 0630, 10am - 10pm. You can also contact them by email ([email protected]) or web-chat

MindOut is an LGBTQ+ mental health charity that can offer advice and support over the phone. You can contact them on 01273 234 839 or by emailing [email protected].

For links to more support services click here.