[PDF] LGBT inclusive mental health services: a guide for health and social care service providers

Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland
Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland
Publication date:
29 March 2017


This guidance aims to raise awareness of LGBT rights in mental health services, and help health and social care services to provide high quality care and support to everyone with a mental illness. People who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or trans (LGBT) make up at least 7% of the population. This percentage is probably higher as many people are reluctant to answer questions about their sexuality and/or gender identity in surveys. LGBT people experience higher rates of mental ill health, particularly anxiety, depression and eating disorders, than the general population. There is also a higher rate of suicidal ideation and self-harm: 20-25% compared with 2.4% in the general population.