LGBT Health and Wellbeing

Key Facts

Topic Areas
Social Change | Advice & Information | Advocacy | Gender Based Violence | Human Rights | Mental Health | LGBT
Amount Awarded
£120,000
Year Awarded
2014
Region
Scotland
Length of Award
36 months
Organisation website
www.lgbthealth.org.uk

LGBT Health and Wellbeing is a grassroots organisation in Edinburgh which acts as a cultural bridge between mainstream services and people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT). This group experiences health inequalities, particularly around mental health, often caused by isolation as a result of societal attitudes. LGBT people are three times more likely to experience mental health illness and are eight times more likely to commit suicide than their heterosexual peers. As well as raising awareness, the organisation provides a programme of support for people including a befriending scheme and operates a national helpline. Through training, evaluation and dissemination it also influences policy and practice. Achievements include: developing an audit tool for health services; influencing the Scottish Government to formally recognise LGBT people as a high-risk group for suicide; and developing the first transgender support programme in the UK. Our funding will allow it to expand its services from Edinburgh to Glasgow.

This grant fits our social change priorities under Participation – marginalised and excluded individuals and groups, and our aims as work which catalyses system change.