What is it about?

Bisexual people experience significantly poorer mental health and higher rates of self-harm and suicidality than their gay, lesbian or heterosexual counterparts. Although little is understood about why these disparities exist, bisexual people have been found to have unique life experiences that separate them from other sexual minority groups.

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Why is it important?

Despite these health disparities and unique experiences, in research and in clinical settings, bisexual people are often incorporated under the LGBTQI+ umbrella and their needs are not seen as being different to those of other sub-groups. The findings provide novel insights, collated and synthesised, that will prove valuable to policy makers, service providers and researchers.

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The findings presented in this article shed light on the unique psychosocial needs of bisexual people and highlight the need for practice change to reduce barriers to service access and ensure inclusive and culturally competent care for this community.

Dr Edward McCann
City, University of London

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This page is a summary of: The views and experiences of bisexual people regarding their psychosocial support needs: a qualitative evidence synthesis, Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, September 2020, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/jpm.12680.
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