June is Pride month, with Fife Pride taking place in Kirkcaldy on Saturday 1st July
LGBT Youth Scotland recently published its Life in Scotland for LGBTyoung people report. This research explores the experiences of accessing healthcare and the barriers LGBTQ+ young people face when accessing the care they need. With over 1200 participants, this deep-dive report is part of the largest piece of research into the experiences of LGBTQ+ young people in Scotland to date.
Since the previous survey in 2017, the percentage of participants reporting they feel safe and supported within health services has dropped
Around half (45%) of participants don’t feel supported by mental health services
1 in 4 (25%) do not know where to go to get information and help with mental health
The research identifies that long waiting times, misunderstanding of LGBTQ+ identities, and prejudice and discrimination from healthcare staff were significant barriers participants experienced when accessing treatment. The findings also indicated that healthcare systems and processes need to be more inclusive, staff need to have an understanding of LGBTQ+ identities, and young people need agency in the choices made around their care.