Researchers at Kings College London are looking for students to take part in their research study exploring LGBT+ mental health.
With LGBT+ people being at higher risk of mental health challenges- including depression, anxiety, suicide and problematic substance use- the researchers hope to explore how we can promote better mental health and wellbeing for those within this group.
Previous research has begun to shed light on the impact the stigma and discrimination faced by LGBT+ students and young people can have on chronic stress and the development of mental health problems. While legislation protecting the rights of LGBT+ people in the UK has improved in recent years, with Scotland coming top in the ILGA-Europe Rainbow Index in 2015, we know that discrimination, stigma and hate crimes relating to sexual orientation or gender identity are still things that we need to confront. The negative impact discrimination can have on the mental health of students, their ability to access education and ability to access mental health support can be profound.
King’s College London are conducting a study which aims to increase their knowledge of LGBT+ mental health, recognise LGBT+ people’s needs and inform interventions designed to promote psychological wellbeing among LGBT+ people which should continue to be a priority for mental health intervention and prevention.
The research team is recruiting university and college students who identify as part of the LGBT+ community. If you would like to take part then you can contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit lgbtresearch.wixsite.com to find out more about the research. You can also follow @ on twitter.