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Briggs welcome Mental Welfare Commission’s new guide on LGBT inclusive mental health services.

Miles Briggs, Lothian MSP and the Scottish Conservative Spokesman on Mental Health, is welcoming the launch today of a new guide from the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland for LGBT people using mental health services. The guide has been co-produced by the Commission and LGBT Health and Wellbeing and seeks to address inequalities in the support and treatment of LGBT people across Scotland's mental health services and features a number of recommendations for making services more accessible and LGBT-friendly. Miles has tabled a motion on the subject in the Scottish Parliament today.

Speaking today Miles said:

“ I commend the Mental Welfare Commission and LGBT Health and Wellbeing for producing this innovative new guide which aims to make mental health services more accessible for LGBT people.

“ Evidence suggests that the rate of suicidal thoughts and self-harm among LGBT people is up to 10 times greater than among the general population as a whole and so it is appropriate that every effort is made to make mental health services as LGBT-user friendly as possible.”

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* Please see below a copy of Miles’ motion as tabled today.

* The guide can be read here: http://www.mwcscot.org.uk/media/356012/lgbt_inclusive_mental_health_services.pdf

Motion Number: S5M-05073
Lodged By: Miles Briggs
Date Lodged: 06/04/2017

Title: LGBT-inclusive Mental Health Services Guide

Motion Text:

That the Parliament welcomes the guide, LGBT inclusive mental health services, which has been launched by the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland; notes that it was co-produced with LGBT Health and Wellbeing and seeks to address any inequalities in the support and treatment of LGBT people across Scotland's mental health services; acknowledges that it contains recommendations for making services more accessible and LGBT-friendly; understands that evidence suggests that LGBT people experience higher rates of mental ill health and are much more likely to think about suicide or self-harming; is aware that the new guide will be made available in all psychiatric wards, as well as primary care and community service settings, and hopes that it will improve the support and treatment LGBT people receive when accessing mental health services.

Miles Briggs