Scotland and Harlequins rugby player Jade Konkel (Twitter: @JadeKonkel)
Talking definitely helps. It is important to find people who you can talk to and who will give you the space to explain how you feel and can help you work through any issues you might be facing.
It is okay to be vulnerable and to look beyond immediate friends and families. There are many amazing charities now who can help support in various ways.
I personally felt so anxious for many years prior to coming out, but once I did, I felt like I could be me and I accepted me. It is important to remember that you’re not alone and you deserve to be happy, no matter what.
Manchester Storm ice hockey player Zach Sullivan (Twitter: @ZachSully11)
I think my biggest piece of advice I could give anyone is to accept yourself for who you are. If you can’t accept who you are then it will be harder for others to understand and accept you as well. I personally struggled for over nine years with my sexuality, and as a result I had very serious issues with mental health. In November of 2019 I accepted who I was to myself. Since then my mind has been much clearer, I feel more like myself, and I am struggling less with my mental health.
My best friend helped me most with one simple sentence – he told me there was nothing wrong with it. It didn’t make me different or weird. I was still the same person and our friendship would never change.