What is it about?

The aim of the research was to explore LGBT people’s experiences of mental health service provision in Ireland. The objectives were to identify barriers and opportunities, to highlight service gaps, and to identify good practice in addressing the mental health and well-being of LGBT people.

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Why is it important?

Hopes and aspirations around LGBT people’s mental health needs were explored. Furthermore, areas of good practice were highlighted that encourage social inclusion at all levels. Finally, recommendations were made as to how to respond to the key issues identified in the research as they relate to LGBT people.

Perspectives

The study presents the opinions of LGBT people who have accessed mental health services in Ireland and has given people the opportunity to highlight pertinent issues and share their experiences. The study findings can contribute to the development of a national policy framework for LGBT people that promotes positive mental health, full participation, and inclusion in society.

Dr Edward McCann
City, University of London

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This page is a summary of: Survey of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people's experiences of mental health services in Ireland, International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, March 2013, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/inm.12018.
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