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Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation & Mental Health

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, and people of other minorities, like anyone, will experience mental health challenges and distress during their lifetime. However, the evidence both from the UK and internationally highlights increased levels of common mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety and stress among people from these groups.

The negative impacts of experiences of discrimination and marginalisation, both direct and indirect, on LGBT+ individuals and groups are well established, with research indicating that:

  • 52% of young LGBT+ people reported self-harm either recently or in the past compared to 25% of heterosexual non-trans young people and 44% of young LGBT+ people have considered suicide compared to 26% of heterosexual non-trans young people.

This course will explore the difficulties in coming out experienced by LGBT+ people and the impact this has on their mental health. Most importantly, it will explore options for how we can all support people better as peers, family members and mental health professionals.

By the end of this course, you will:

  • Be familiar with gender identity and sexual orientation definitions
  • Gain a greater awareness and understanding of the issues and difficulties experienced by individuals when coming out
  • Explore research on the impact of gender identity and sexual orientation
  • Explore some of the coping strategies used in response to mental health difficulties
  • Consider what help and support you can provide
  • Know what support and services are available

Lead tutors: Emma Williams, Dan Stears and Nadia Miller

Dates, Times and Venues

8 November 2019 – 10am to 4pm
Room 3, The Curve, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Bury New Road, Prestwich, Manchester M25 3BL

24 January 2020 – 10am to 4pm
J2 Training Room, 2nd Floor, Royal Bolton Hospital, Minerva Road, Farnworth, Bolton BL4 0JR