Did you know?
Some things that might make you feel different, like being gay, transgender or having a disability, are called protected characteristics, and The Equality Act 2010 means the law protects people with protected characteristics from discrimination (being treated unfairly for being different).
Specific support on MindMate
Has someone made you feel bad for being different? Go to our ‘worried about bullying’ page
Do you feel like your appearance makes you different? Go to self image page
Things you might find useful
Dealing with racism
Explores the ways people may experience racism and has advice for dealing with it.Childline page
Living with a disability
Get the lowdown on living with a physical or learning disability, including relationships, sport and what to do if someone treats you unfairly. Includes British Sign Language videos on different topics.Living with a disability
Sexual and gender identity
If you have any questions about your sexual orientation or your gender identity, Childline can help – get support via messageboards or speak to someone.Sexual and gender identity
If you are struggling with your identity, sexuality or feeling low, the LGBT Foundation website can help. Includes info on free telephone counselling, and topics from bullying to LGBT mental health.LGBT Foundation
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Operation Ouch! Via this iPlayer video, meet Alex who has Autism to find out how he experiences the world (21 minutes in)iPlayer
Are you a parent or carer?
If you’re looking for more information to support a young person you care for with their mental health, visit our parent and carers page.