Muslim, gay and suicidal

When reconciling being gay with faith all I can say is this: I read the Qur’an and the Bible when I was trying to come to terms with my sexual orientation 24 years ago

TRUE LIFE: My mental health illness made me a stronger person

“No matter how much I resisted, my hands were tied and it infected my entire world”

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Author: Ian Howley

Mental health and the gay community

Mental health is a topic people still find difficult to discuss, even with their closest circle of friends. If you ask us gays, we are all fabulous. “Depressed, me? Struggling? Never!” Which is ironic, considering the staggering amount of data proving otherwise.

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Author: Ian Howley

I'm angry about the lack of mental health campaigns

Coming out, the eternal ball ache of being a homosexual. We all have a story – the good ones where Aunt Rena has installed Grindr on your phone and your Dad is showing you how to carefully place a condom on a life-like Corbin Fisher dong all before your firework and music spectacular have settled are excellent, showing friends and family at their best.

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Author: Ian Howley

TRUE LIFE: My battle with food, body image and self worth

Body image is something I’ve always struggled with. Whether or not that’s the acceptance of others or just accepting myself. But spending 18 years of my life overweight might be something to do with that.

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Author: Ian Howley

Gay men are 5 times more likely to kill themselves. Who cares?

What do you think when you hear the words “Shocking stats show gay men more likely to be depressed and suicidal”?

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Author: Anthony McHugh

What are the signs of depression?

Here's what to look out for.

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Author: Ian Howley

5 ways to improve your mental health

How important is it to look after your mental health? Very, actually. All too often gay men spend far more time working on our abs than our mental health.

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Author: Ian Howley

'Just Man Up' - the stigma of silence is killing us

I have struggled with depression and suicidal thoughts on and off for my entire adult life.

How to build your confidence

Are you as socially and sexually confident as you’d like? Not many gay men would answer “yes’’ to that question, but confidence is something we all need.

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Author: Ian Howley

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