Around 40 per cent of LGBT+ people experience a mental health issue, compared to 25 per cent of the wider population.
However, LGBT+ people are often overlooked when health commissioning decisions are made because of a lack of data and poor consultation.
Generic mental health services are not meeting the current needs of LGBT+ people.
Without specialist support LGBT+ people will continue to experience mental health inequality, stigma and discrimination.
Among the recommendations made are:
- Mainstream services – not just mental health services – must be better equipped to support LGBT+ people to maintain good mental health.
- LGBT+ people need to be more directly involved in shaping services that meet their needs.
- Hospital staff and GP surgeries, including frontline staff should be more LGBT+ friendly with improved equality and diversity training.
- In developing mental health services the Mayor and the London Health Board should ensure that the specific mental health needs of LGBT+ people are explicitly set out.