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LGBT+ Lib Dems welcome World Mental Health Day

October 10, 2015 6:30 PM
Lib Dem mental health poster from 2014

The Lib Dems in Government changed the law to treat mental and physical health equally

October 10th is World Mental Health Day, a day for raising awareness and improving education about mental health. In Government, the Liberal Democrats put mental health on equal priority with physical health, and at the election we pledged a further £8bn for the NHS to help deliver this. Norman Lamb MP has written about the subject today, and this week the Welsh Liberal Democrats passed a motion in the Assembly calling for better mental health support in Wales, which you can support through this petition.

To mark the day, LGBT+ Lib Dems chair Dave Page said, "On this day, we raise awareness about everybody's mental health. As part of that, when we talk about providing services and outreach, we must remember that LGBT+ people are more likely to have more severe problems with mental health. It is vital that service provision takes that into account - and even moreso, the diversity within the LGBT+ communities which mean that a one-size-fits-all approach isn't enough. Research shows, for example, that bisexual people have more acute needs than lesbian and gay people, and trans people even more so.

"It is also not enough to talk about helping those who already have mental health problems - we must tackle the root causes why our communities have more widespread needs, including stigma and lack of access to treatment. I am proud that our recent groundbreaking policy, if enacted, will reduce the problems faced by trans and intersex people. I am proud of the work that the Liberal Democrats, and Lynne Featherstone in particular, achieved towards more complete legal equality with same-sex marriage - though we still need to address the pernicious spousal veto and other areas of inequality - but that cannot guarantee social change. As liberals, we must continue to fight in our local communities for acceptance and champion diversity and respect for the individual."