LGBT+ mental health
The London Assembly Health Committee has published its findings and recommendations to the Mayor of London on how he can provide better mental health support for LGBT+ people.
- Up to one in ten Londoners (over 800,000 people) identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or other definitions of sexual orientation or gender identity.
- Around 40 per cent of LGBT+ people experience a mental health issue, compared to 25 per cent of the wider population.
- LGBT+ people are often overlooked when health commissioning decisions are made because of a lack of data and poor consultation.
- Generic mental health services are not meeting the current needs of LGBT+ people.
- Without specialist support LGBT+ people will continue to experience mental health inequality, stigma and discrimination.
- Hospital staff and GP surgeries, including frontline staff should be more LGBT+ friendly with improved equality and diversity training.
- The Mayor should lead a public campaign to tackle discrimination against LGBT+ people in London and explicitly recognise the different groups within the LGBT+ umbrella.
- In developing the mental health roadmap, the Mayor and the London Health Board should ensure that the specific mental health needs of LGBT+ people are explicitly set out.
- The scale of the issue within LGBT+ communities should be properly assessed.