Conference will tackle LGBT mental health outcomes

PinkNews Staff Writer May 12, 2008
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A national conference on mental health and well-being for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people will be held in Nottingham later this month.

It follows a report published by the Department of Health that found LGBT people suffer more mental illness and worse mental health outcomes than the general population.

Over the next few years the Department’s Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Advisory Group (SOGIAG) is running a programme to improve health and social care provision for LGBT people working in or accessing services.

The report found that LGB people are at significantly higher risk of mental disorder, suicide, substance misuse, and deliberate self-harm than heterosexual people.

It is hoped that the conference and the report will serve to highlight the links between discrimination, and in particular homophobic bullying and parental rejection and self-harm and suicide.

As a result awareness of the mental health needs of LGB people should become a standard part of training for health and social work professionals.

The conference is open to LGBT people in leadership roles in health and social care, people working with LGBT people, addressing health and social care needs and people using services.

It will take place on Wednesday 28th May at the Britannia Hotel, Nottingham, commencing at 10.00 am and finishing at 4.30 pm.

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