Initiative to enhance the mental wellbeing, resilience and self management skills of LGBT people experiencing mental health issues.
The stigma and discrimination encountered by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people can have a devastating effect on self esteem and mental wellbeing, and result in an extremely negative experience of being LGBT. This causes many LGBT people to experience significantly higher rates of poor mental health, depression, psychological distress, suicidal behaviour and self-harm than the general population.
The LGBT Self Management Initiative which received funding from the Self Management IMPACT Fund and is delivered by LGBT Health and Wellbeing, (This link will take you away from our website) has been developed to enhance the mental wellbeing, resilience and self management skills of LGBT people experiencing mental health issues.
The project involves delivering one-to-one counselling, self management workshops and group activities. The group activities and workshops have been designed to create a safe place for peer support, supporting people to focus on key issues such as managing anxiety and growing through bereavement and loss. Many people have seen significant change in their mental wellbeing and feel better able to self manage their mental health as a result of this support.
An unexpected development for LGBT Health and Wellbeing has been their work educating counsellors, who may not be familiar with the language of the LGBT community and the definition of terms. This has been important to create awareness, which will filter out not just to the general profession, but also provide the LGBT community with counsellors who are knowledgeable, affirmative, empathic and non-judgmental.
“I now have a better understanding of some of the issues faced by LGBT community, practical knowledge of language & more personal insight.”