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. IMHN facilitate this group.

Listening Events – May 2021

This May, 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 the support they offer.

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

  • Disabilities – Wednesday 12 May, 2 – 4pm
  • Gender identity – Friday 14 May, 2 – 4pm
  • Race and ethnicity – Monday 17 May, 1.30 – 3.30pm
  • Sexual orientation – Wednesday 19 May, 2 – 4pm
  • Older people – new date: Friday 21 May 2 – 3.30pm
  • Children and young people – new date: Friday 21 May 5 – 6.30pm

Are you a member of an LGBTQ+ organisation or group in the South West? Are you interested in attending? Email us at today!

If you can’t attend, we still value your thoughts. Click here to share your views on the topics we’ll be asking at the events.

More information about our events

Working together agreement for the sessions – codeveloped by the group, to ensure the sessions remain safe and open.

The meetings will be held on Zoom. Guidance is available from IMHN about how to use Zoom. 

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).