Mental Health Within The Queer Community. A Conversation With: @sammy.sparkle

We founded Reme Beauty on the value that we would meet equality and challenge diversity in every aspect we could. Our journey goes beyond skincare and is one that comes from embracing individual strength and one's true self.  One of the ways we do this is by making a very simple effort to have conversations on topics that don't get as much light as they should. 

To continue the discussions we had on World Mental Health Day, we snapped up the opportunity to chat with Sammy (@sammy.sparkle), a transgender creator from Meanjin/Brisbane. As those within the LGBTQIA+ community are more likely to have mental health challenges compared to the general population, we're very appreciative Sammy took the time to discuss her journey to self-discovery in the hopes of connecting with others to know they're not alone.  


Name: Sammy Sparkle

Pronouns: She/her

TikTok: @sammy.sparkle

Occupation: Influencer

Location: Brisbane, Queensland

Age: 23

Skin Concerns: Ageing

Life Motto: “I will not accept a life I do not deserve”


How has your journey for self-discovery impacted your mental health?

Like any journey, it’s had its ups and downs. There were definitely difficult moments, especially when I felt like I wasn’t seen or enough, but ultimately, I’m so grateful to be where I am now – being able to be fully myself has been the best thing imaginable for my wellbeing.

Are there any resources or communities that you've found especially valuable for addressing mental health concerns within LGBTQIA+ community?

Honestly, my own community on TikTok has been amazing. I’ve been really open with my experiences of grief and mental illness over the last year and have found so much comfort in the comments and messages of support I’ve received from like minded people. It’s so validating to know you’re not alone.

Can you share any positive experiences or personal growth you've gained from your journey as a transgender person that have positively impacted your mental health?

Definitely the experience of gender euphoria after receiving my first gender affirming surgery.

What advice or insights would you offer to others in the LGBTQIA+ community who may be struggling with their mental health?

Please talk to somebody! Don’t keep how you’re feeling to yourself. No matter what you’re going through, the burden will feel so much lighter once you share your thoughts with someone you trust.

What are some coping mechanisms or self-care practices that you find helpful in managing your mental health?

Self care is an essential part of my daily life and something I really prioritise, especially when the world feels heavy. Some of my favourite self care practices are walking my puppy Stanley, spending time with my sister Ebs, and of course, doing my skincare routine – nothing feels better than a fresh face! Those little steps go a long way in helping me take charge of my mental health. I always say “It’s much easier to feel pretty on the inside when you feel pretty on the outside.”

In what ways can friends, family, and allies support your mental health and make you feel more understood and accepted?

I think the most important and impactful thing that friends, family, and allies can do is listen. It might not sound like a lot, but when someone takes the time to actively hear and understand what you’re going through, it sends a clear message that your thoughts and feelings are important and valued.

Things you’ve been loving: 

Music - Ethel Cain 

Skincare / Makeup - Besides my Reme cleansing routine… I’ve been loving all things blush at the moment, the pinker the better.
    Places - The Dog Park

    LGBTQ+ mental health resources

    Free resources for people identifying as LGBTQIA+ include:

    • 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline – Phone counseling any time, day or night by dialing 988.
    • LGBT National Help Center – Hotlines based on age groups: 800-246-7743 for youth, 888-843-4564 for adults and 888-688-5428 for seniors. Weekly chatrooms for youth and online peer support are also available.
    • Trevor Project Lifeline – 24/7 phone, text and online support for LGBTQ+ youth.
    • Rainbow Health – Mental, chemical and sexual health services for LGBTQ+ people and communities that historically and currently face barriers to behavioral health support.
    • Reclaim! – Affordable mental health care for youth who identify as queer or trans.
    • Trans Lifeline – Trans peer support available by calling 877-565-8860.

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