LGBT Young People and Mental Health Conference

METRO Charity’s national Youth Chances research, which surveyed over 7,000 young people, found that LGBTQ young people experience specific and significant mental health issues.

The research found that that over half of LGBTQ respondents had self-harmed compared with 35% of heterosexual non-trans young people. 44% of LGBTQ respondents had thought about suicide compared with 26% of heterosexual non-trans respondents.

Trans young people face the greatest levels of disadvantage and discrimination and report lower overall satisfaction with their lives. 36% of trans respondents agreed with the statement ‘In most ways my life is close to my ideal’, compared to 47% of LGBQ respondents and 51% of heterosexual non-trans respondents.


The National LGB&T Partnership is delighted to be facilitating a conference for health professionals and educators to further develop their practice to better include and understand the needs of LGBTQ young people.

Alongside presentations on key evidence, development workshops and a discussion panel of sector experts, the conference will introduce useful resources developed as part of our Young People and Mental Health workstream and framed by the Department of Health Children & Young People CAMHS Mental Health Task Force policy paper Improving mental health services for young people.

The conference will take place on Friday, 12 February 2016 from 09:45 to 16:30.

The conference venue is Friends House – 173-177 Euston Road London NW1 2BJ GB. Information on getting to Friends House can be found here.

Places are free. Booking has now closed.

Lunch and general refreshments are provided, you will be asked about your dietary and access requirements on booking.

Places are limited and will be filled on a first come first served basis.


The conference will take place in a wheelchair accessible building and there are accessible toilet facilities. There are built-in Hearing Loops. BSL Intrepretation can be arranged on request. You can read Friends House’s accessibility information here.

The programme can be found here: LGBT Young People and Mental Health Conference Programme. There are likely to be additions to the afternoon panel session, but these are subject to confirmation.

Complimentary Wifi is provided throughout the conference venue.

Learning outcomes

  • Increased confidence using language and terminology in the LGBTQ communities
  • Understanding of differences between sexuality, sex and gender identity
  • Understanding of young LGBTQ people’s mental health and potential isolation
  • How to engage with LGBTQ young people effectively and promote your services inclusively
  • How and where to get additional support for both organisational development and for your service users