Supporting LGBTQ+ Mental Health and Wellbeing

The LGBTQ+ Mental Health Lived Experience Steering Group has come together to address the gaps and issues in local mental health services that exist for the needs of the community in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. The group is working with local healthcare providers, authorities, and mental health service providers to bring about positive change in the way that the mental health of LGBTQ+ people is recognised and treated.

Listening Events – Spring 2021

This spring, the group will be running a series of events exploring mental health and wellbeing within the LGBTQ+ community, so that we can develop a set of proposals for how local mental health services can improve their support.

We will be exploring the following topics across six sessions, each being run as a safe, confidential space:

  • Children and young people
  • Older people
  • Disabilities
  • Gender identity
  • Race and ethnicity
  • Sexual orientation

Following these events, we will be setting a small number of additional events, with a focus on turning what we have heard into a set of proposals for mental health services.

The group has written to local LGBTQ+ organisations, inviting them to the sessions. Are you involved with an LGBTQ+ organisation in Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire or the surrounding area; and would like to attend? Email  for more information.

More information about our events

The group have built a list of resources that might be useful to have a look at in advance.

Support for LGBTQI+ people during the coronavirus emergency – easy read version

‘Inclusivity – Supporting BAME Trans People’ (Sabah Choudrey)

Support for Gypsy Roma and Traveller LGBT people and their families

Switchboard’s Emotional Wellbeing Resource Pack

The Diversity Trust’s guide to further LGBT support

(Please note – these resources have not been produced by our group. We are sharing them in good faith and the belief that they will be useful).