MORE than a third of London’s LGBT community suffer mental health problems, a report revealed today.
Labour London Assembly research suggests that one in 10 Londoners identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other definitions of gender identity.
The report found that 40 per cent of the LGBT community were found to suffer mental health problems compared to 25 per cent of the wider population.
LGBT people suffer discrimination when important health decisions are made, the research showed. It recommended additional equality training for hospital staff and GPs.
London Labour’s health committee said that generic mental health services are failing the LGBT community and called for health bosses to provide specialist services.
London Labour have called on Mayor Sadiq Khan to lead a public campaign to tackle discrimination and develop a “mental health roadmap” which sets out the explicit mental health needs of LGBT people.
London Assembly health committee chairman Dr Onkar Sahota said: “At the start of LGBT History Month we want this call heard loud and clear by the mayor.
“Action is needed now to tackle the urgent mental health needs of LGBT+ people.
“Time has run out for some and the mayor needs to take firm and decisive action on his mental health promises to LGBT+ Londoners.
“The health committee heard a strong and rallying call from a number of LGBT+ Londoners and organisations about prevention and ways he can support better mental health for those who have struggled against the system for long enough.”