Workshop: LGBTQ+ youth mental health: sharing knowledge and exploring emerging questions
This cross-sectoral workshop explored recent research, questions, challenges, and gaps in LGBTQ+ youth mental health research. Facilitators and attendees shared their views on best practice, considered future goals and new questions, and identified support or resources needed to address key questions in LGBTQ+ youth mental health.
Three key messages:
- To understand LGBTQ+ young people’s mental health difficulties we must take into account both those factors related to being LGBTQ+ and factors that could affect any young person in distress.
- It is difficult for young people in general to access appropriate and timely mental health support, but there are additional barriers experienced by LGBTQ+ young people trying to access mental health support.
- LGBTQ+ young people have clear ideas of the kinds of support they need, and so co-design and collaborative working between services and LGBTQ+ young people is essential to improve mental health support for LGBTQ+ youth.
This workshop was connected to our Voices, Power & Attitudes research challenge: How can we amplify young people’s voices and change societal attitudes in ways that positively impact on mental health?
Check out these pictures from the day!
Workshop Live Tweets
You can read a great thread below from Molly Murray who live-tweeted the workshop via @smollypsych.
THREAD— Molly Murray (@smollypsych) October 17, 2022
For anyone working with or for LGBTQ+ young people, including the youth sector, mental health professionals, educators, LGBTQ+ people and others, this next workshop at the @EmergingMinds Summit may be of interest and relevance to you!#EmergingMinds pic.twitter.com/N2FOxDAyQO
Manifesto for Change (@HazelMarzetti) was developed through knowledge exchange and public engagement event, where findings from a project focusing on understanding and exploring LGBTQ+ youth suicide in Scotland were shared. #EmergingMinds @EmergingMindsUK pic.twitter.com/eOXOo0g4JL— Molly Murray (@smollypsych) October 17, 2022
@hazelmarzetti and @CattTurney highlight that better resources, mental health services with clearer pathways to care, greater LGBTQ+ awareness, and improved policies, are necessary to improve LGBTQ+ young people’s mental health and to address LGBT+ suicide prevention.— Molly Murray (@smollypsych) October 17, 2022
Mental health cannot be solely seen as a psychological problem by policymakers. For example, the social conditions in which people live must be taken seriously as contributors to mental health problems and factored into interventions to improve wellbeing. #EmergingMinds— Molly Murray (@smollypsych) October 17, 2022