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LGBT youth missing out on support

According to a Department of Health-funded study young LGBT people are at increased risk of self-harm and suicide. The Queer Futures project has also revealed that mental health professionals lack access to the training they need to support these young people.
LGBT Youth

Research reveals that mental health workers feel poorly prepared to deal with young LGBT people with problems

Many young lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people are in need of mental health support. This cohort has higher rates of mental health problems, self-harm and suicide than their heterosexual counterparts, so it is vital that they can access the care they need.

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But a new study has found that mental health staff feel they have inadequate training and skills to help them support LGBT youths. The data from around 100 members of staff is part of a research project called Queer Futures, which is exploring LGBT youth self-harm, suicidal feelings and help seeking.

University participants

Almost 800 young people aged 16 to 25 took part in the Lancaster University study, the vast majority of whom identified


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