National Student Pride highlights mental health

National Student Pride returns to London for its 11th year hosted at the University of Westminster’s Marylebone campus and the infamous G-A-Y night clubs. This year the event’s main focus is tackling the vital but difficult conversation of mental health stigma. The free daytime festival that takes place on the Saturday of the weekend will also have panels with celebrities, activists and politicians with, looking at angles of coming out you might not have thought of, plus LGBT YouTubers are lining up to discuss the impact of the platform on changing perceptions and giving hope to young people. Then of course, #StudentPride does Lip Sync. Plus cabaret, live music and you can even bag yourself a job at the biggest LGBT careers fair in the UK.

The event is open to all - Not just students | Club Night tickets £5

Each year National Student Pride chooses a theme that affects a large number of LGBT people. This year's theme is mental health.

Mental Health is a huge taboo, that disproportionally affects LGBT people.

Jonny Benjamin, known for the 'Stranger on the bridge' and #FindMike story, has spoken out ahead of coming to National Student Pride about why talking about mental health - is so important.

Jonny Benjamin says:

“Struggling with my sexuality was one of the factors that led me to nearly jumping from a bridge when I was 20. Luckily I was talked out of what I was about to do but there are countless others who aren't”

Taz Edwards White, also on the panel on 6th February has added her voice to calls that talking about mental health, makes an incredible difference.

When 48% of trans people in the UK under 26 have attempted suicide because of discrimination they suffer and mental health charity Re-Think statistics show gay and bisexual men are four times more likely to commit suicide than the rest of the population - it’s time to stand together on this one.

Speaking about the vital, but difficult topic at National Student Pride on 6th February at the University of Westminster’s Marylebone campus, opposite Baker Street, are:

  • Matthew Todd - Attitude Magazine Editor (Chair)
  • Jonny Benjamin - Mental Health Activist and documentary maker
  • Taz-Edwards White - LGBT Adult Mental Health & Wellbeing Coordinator At Metro
  • Bisi Alimi - Nigerian LGBT Activist
  • Munroe Bergdorf - Trans DJ

Taz-Edwards White said

“It is really important to look after yourself, especially your mental health, I look forward to exploring this at the Festival’s Mental Health Debate.”

With the Metro CEO Dr Greg Ussher adding:

“based on a 7,000 strong survey of young people - we know that LGBTQ+ young people are disproportionately affected by mental health issues – 42% of LGBTQ respondents reported going for medical help for depression or anxiety, compared to 29% of heterosexual non-trans respondents.

The reasons for this are complex, but factors include: bullying and lack of support in our schools – 65% of LGBTQ+ young people think their school supported its pupils badly in respect of sexuality or gender identity; lack of stability – nearly one in ten LGBTQ+ young people reported they have to leave home for reasons relating to their sexuality or gender identity.”

Not got your wristband yet? National Student Pride wristbands are just £5 and get you entry to the main event during the day as well as to the evening events including the Planet London/She women's party on the Saturday night.

Planet London will have a stand so pop on by and say hello. We can answer any questions about the cis and trans LBQ scene in London and further afield. For those of you who don't live in London; we have Planet Brighton and launching soon is Planet Nation!

And for all of you women who want to carry on the party after the main daytime event... have we got a treat for you?!?

If you haven't got your wristband yet, it isn't too late. It is just £5 and gets you into the main daytime event, and the after party.

Get your ticket here: