LGBT+ mental health
01 February 2017
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.