LGBTI people are over-represented in mental health statistics of anxiety and depression, and have an increased risk of self-harm and suicide due to their experiences of stigma, discrimination, prejudice, abuse, violence, exclusion and isolation.
Many services do not feel confident in supporting LGBTI people and so endeavour to ‘treat everyone the same’. However the mental health of LGBTI people does not benefit from this framework as it does not create room for specific lived experiences of LGBTI people, nor does it redress the barriers that reduce the ability of LGBTI people to access mental health services.
Gaining an appreciation of LGBTI people, their lived experiences, and how this impacts on their mental health can support mental health and suicide prevention workers and organisations begin to provide equitable services to LGBTI people and communities.
- Gain a basic understanding of diverse bodies, gender, gender identity and sexuality
- To have an appreciation of the lived experience of LGBTI people and communities
- Improved knowledge of the mental health outcomes of LGBTI people
- Understanding of barriers that impact on LGBTI peoples ability to access services and receive mental health support
- Awareness of qualities of an LGBTI inclusive organisation
- Increase access to services, support and resources for LGBTI people
People who work in the mental health and suicide prevention sectors