LGBT youth missing out on support
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.
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.
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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