A LGBTQ Community Health Survey for Bristol on behalf of Healthwatch Bristol has been launched by the Diversity Trust.
The survey, which has been made possible through a grant-fund from Healthwatch Bristol hopes to gain an insight into the well-being of the local LGBTQ community.
Healthwatch Bristol, hosted by the Care Forum, has a remit to reach out to seldom heard and seldom engaged communities and hear what they have to say about their health and social care services.
Berkeley Wilde, Director of the Diversity Trust, said: “We are really pleased to be launching this survey. We have carried out similar health needs assessments in other local areas and we are mapping the health and well-being of LGBTQ people across the area. We plan to use the results to influence public policy and decision-making. We have found, for example, LGBTQ people have higher levels of anxiety and depression, suicidal thoughts and feelings and self-harm. We have also found that LGBTQ often experience barriers when accessing services even fearing discrimination. We want to gather evidence to make a real difference to the lives of LGBTQ people in our local communities.”
Previous surveys have revealed that Lesbians and Gay men in Bath & North East Somerset, have better physical health than previous national samples and almost 80% of our sample felt either “safe” or “very safe” living in the area.
However, higher levels of anxiety and depression, self-harm and suicidal ideation amongst LGBT communities. In one report summarising the surveys findings found that over 50% received medical help for anxiety or depression, Over 30% self-harmed or self-injured themselves and Over 40% had thought about suicide or tried to kill themselves.
The Diversity Trust is a not-for-profit consultancy working throughout the area providing research and training. The Diversity Trust is a partner in the regions hate crime services, including Bristol Hate Crime Services, the Bristol Recovery Orientated Alcohol and Drugs Service knows as ‘Bristol ROADS’ and is working on a Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) funded project on improving access to domestic abuse services to LGB and Trans communities with Next Link.