A charitable service in Islington, north London, which supports LGBT people with mental health issues could be forced to close as a result of reduced funding.

According to research, the gay community is more likely to suffer from mental problems compared to heterosexuals.

For the last 15 years Outcome, from Islington Mind has offered support to members of the LGBT community who experience mental health distress.

It provides group and 1-to-1 advice and support and drop-in sessions, along with social activities, including a drama group and writing classes.

Peer support groups for transgender clients and for LGBT asylum seekers also meet regularly at the building on Ashley Road, Islington, north London.

But the charity says it now needs financial assistance in order to stay open.

Several of its service-users say they have encountered homophobia when using mainstream health care facilities and the charity says: “with many people facing cuts to their welfare benefits, the need for LGBT specific advice and support is maybe greater than ever.”