Healthcare needs of lesbian, gay and bisexual people 6

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-01-29
Session date: 
January 29, 2014
Reference: 
2014/0297
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

The rate of self-harm in London is over 4% for gay and bisexual men in London, and over 3% for lesbian and bisexual women. In the general population the rate of self-harm is 0.4%, which is still one of the highest in Europe. The London Health Board has listed 'improving mental health services' as one of its priorities for 2013-2014. How does the London Health Board intend to tackle poor mental health amongst LGB people and improve provision of accessible mental health services?

Answer

Answer for Healthcare needs of lesbian, gay and bisexual people 6

Answer for Healthcare needs of lesbian, gay and bisexual people 6

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The London Health Board agreed three priorities for tackling mental ill health at its last meeting on 2 December 2013:

       Supporting Londoners' self-management of their own mental health

       Ensuring high risk adolescents are helped to develop their mental health resilience and potential

       Supporting young people with mental health problems to stay in employment or access employment opportunities.

This work is being led by Dr Yvonne Doyle, Regional Director, Public Health England (London) and will take into account evidence and good practice in relation to all equalities groups including lesbian, gay and bisexual people.