Mental health services excluding the most at risk
The prevalence of mental ill-health is significantly higher in LGBT+ communities, disabled people, Deaf people, and those with experience of the criminal justice system. And the issue is compounded by services that do not understand and meet their specific needs.
- 40 per cent of LGBT+ people experience mental health issues, compared to 25 per cent of the general population. Deaf people and disabled people experience similar prevalence.
- A fifth of recently-released prisoner deaths by suicide occur within the first 28 days after release.
- Only 17 per cent of people were offered any emotional support at the time of the diagnosis of their long-term physical health condition or disability.
- People bereaved by suicide are at greater risk of attempting to or taking their own lives by up to 300 per cent.
- Reviewing the progress of Thrive LDN to make sure it is reaching marginalised groups.
- Ensuring people from marginalised groups are given more of a say in how mental health services are designed and delivered.
- Broadening the availability of diversity and inclusion training to focus on LGBT+ people, disabled people and Deaf people.
- Reviewing the membership of the London Health Board to ensure that third sector organisations and groups representing marginalised communities are represented.
- Producing a suicide audit tool or template for identifying and addressing gaps in the data that is currently collected.
- Addressing how the specific needs of the identified groups are being considered in the development of the Mayor’s housing and employment policies.