LGB&T Mental Health Resources

These resources were published in October 2015

LGB&T People and Mental Health – Resources for practitioners and for service users.

Research consistently finds that lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGB&T) people experience higher rates of mental health problems than other groups. Additionally, LGB&T people often do not feel able to be open about their gender and/or sexual identities with health professionals, and some still sadly experience discrimination from services or practitioners.

These resources consist of two documents:

LGB&T People and Mental Health – Guidance for Services and Practitioners

This booklet aims to give you the basic information that you need about gender identity and sexuality, and the needs of LGB&T people in relation to mental health. Throughout the booklet we provide clear lists of good practice when working with LGB&T people, which can be implemented in services and by practitioners.

LGB&T Mental Health – Seeking Support

This fact sheet provides information to LGB&T people who may be seeking mental health support.

You may also be interested in our series of Trans Health Factsheets, which include a fact sheet on mental health.

Once you have downloaded and read these resources, we would be grateful if you would complete a very short survey about them to help inform our future work. Please click here to take the survey.


LGBT people who are seeking counselling and mental health support may be interested in accessing the following directories:

Counselling Directory

Pink Therapy


As outlined in the resources please find below the research reports underpinning the LGB&T mental health resources

Smith, G., Bartlett, A. & King, M. (2004). Treatments of homosexuality in Britain since the 1950’s – an oral history: experience of patients. BMJ, 328, 7437, 427.

Bartlett, A., Smith, G. & King, M. (2009). The Responses of Mental Health Professionals to Clients seeking help to change or re-direct same-sex sexual orientation. BMC Psychiatry, 9, 11.

UKCP (2014). Conversion Therapy Consensus Statement

McNeil, J., Bailey, L., Ellis, S., Morton, J., & Regan, M,. (2012). Trans mental health survey 2012

Grant, J., Mottet, L., Tanis, J., Harrison J., Herman, J., & Keisling, M. (2011) Injustice at every turn: A report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey

Barker, M., Richards, C., Jones, R., Bowes-Catton, H., & Plowman, T. (2012) The Bisexuality Report. Milton Keynes: Open University

Bisexual People in the Workplace: practical advice for employers

METRO Youth Chances, 2014. Youth Chances Summary of First Findings: the experiences of LGBTQ young people in England. London: METRO.

Williams, H. Varney, J., Taylor, J., Fish, J., Durr, P. & Elan-Cane, C. (2013). The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Public Health Outcomes Framework Companion Document. Manchester: LGB&T Partnership.

Further resources for services and practitioners

Richards, C. & Barker, M. (2013). Sexuality and Gender for Mental Health Professionals: A Practical Guide. London: Sage.

World Professional Association for Transgender Health (wpath.org)

European Professional Association for Transgender Health (epath.eu)

Ettner. R., Monstrey, S., & Eyler, A. E. (Eds.) (2007). Principles of transgender medicine and surgery. New York: The Haworth Press.

Lev, A. I. (2004). Transgender emergence. London: Haworth Clinical Practice Press.

Stonewall Health Briefing: Bisexuality (www.stonewall.org.uk/documents/bisexuality.pdf)

Beyond Babies & Breast Cancer – Expanding our understanding of women’s health needs (www.lgf.org.uk/womenshealth)

Stonewall Health Briefing: Mental Health (http://www.healthylives.stonewall.org.uk/lgb-health/briefings/mental-health.aspx)

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