What is it about?

The aim of this study was to explore the experiences and needs of LGBT people in relation to mental health services. The study was an exploratory design utilising mixed methods.

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Why is it important?

Little is known about the experiences and views of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in relation to mental health service provision in terms of access and treatment choices. The current study aims to address some of the shortcomings in the literature and to inform current and future mental health policy and practice initiatives.


Mental health nurses are in a prime position to influence the development and delivery of services and therapeutic interventions that would be truly responsive to the needs of LGBT people. Whilst appreciating resilient attributes, nurses can give LGBT people support in response to specific mental health concerns.

Dr Edward McCann
City, University of London

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This page is a summary of: Challenges to and opportunities for improving mental health services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in Ireland: A narrative account, International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, July 2014, Wiley,
DOI: 10.1111/inm.12081.
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