LGBT Minds: A Study of LGBT Experiences of Mainstream Mental Health Services in Ireland

16 May 2011

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LGBT Minds is a research project that aims to explore the experiences of LGBT people within mainstream mental health services in Ireland. This study is supported by the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN) and the HSE. The study is being led by Dr. Eddie McCann, a lecturer in Trinity College Dublin, in collaboration with Professor Agnes Higgins. Ethical approval has been granted by the Research Ethics Committee of the Faculty of Health Sciences in Trinity College Dublin.

Why are we doing this study?

There remains a lack of relevant research on the mental health needs of LGBT people, particularly in relation to mainstream mental health services. To address this gap, this study will collect data through both anonymous surveys and then interviews. The findings from this study will be used to highlight areas of good practice that encourage social inclusion at all levels. Also, recommendations will be made on how to respond to the key issues identified in the research as they relate to LGBT people in an Irish context.

What does participation involve?

You may participate in this study if you are over 18 years of age, identify as LGBT, and have used mainstream mental health services in the Ireland in the past 5 years. You can participate by completing the anonymous survey (online, postal, or telephone). You can then decide whether you might be interested in participating in an interview.

How can I participate?

If you are interested in participating in this project, you can learn more about the LGBT Minds project and access the survey in the following ways: