Mental health in the LGBT community

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Summary of report content

Healthwatch Wandsworth launched a survey to gain insight into the mental health experiences of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community to help inform the London Assembly Health Committee’s review into the issues. Twenty-five people submitted their views by completing the survey, which had been circulated via the website and social media channels. The questions posed related to notable challenges the community might face including accessibility to support, performance of services within the community, barriers to support and suggestions for better promotion and prevention of mental ill health for the LGBT community. The survey responses highlight the following themes: Inadequate access to appropriate support systems, a sense of misunderstanding and judgement from existing support systems, perceived stigma and discrimination attached to mental ill health and the LGBT community and a fear of accessing services. The report contains detailed recommendations addressing the findings, but does not contain a response from any external bodies who may be the intended audience for recommendations.

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General details

Report title 
Mental health in the LGBT community
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Wandsworth
Date evidence capture began 
Friday, 21 October, 2016
Date evidence capture finished 
Saturday, 5 November, 2016
Type of report 
Report
Key themes 
Access
Information providing
Lifestyle and wellbeing
Quality of care
Staff attitudes
Staff training
Support
Other information of note about this report 
LGBT
Healthwatch reference number 
Rep-6751

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
No
Primary research method used 
Survey
How was the information collected? 
Survey
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 
N/A

Details of health and care services included in the report

Mental health services 
Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS)
Community mental health team (CMHT)
Depression and anxiety service
Psychiatry / mental health (other services)
Community services 
Community based services for people with mental health needs

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
25
Age group 
Not known
Sexual orientation 
Other
Does the information include public's views? 
Yes
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
Not known
Does the information include staff's views? 
No
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 
Mixed

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Yes
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
No
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
No

Network Impact
Relationships that exist locally, regionally, nationally have benefited from the work undertaken in the report
 
Implied Impact
Where it is implied that change may occur in the future as a result of Healthwatch work. This can be implied in a provider  response, press release or other source. Implied impact can become tangible impact once change has occurred.
 
Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.