28 February 2017
LGBT+ Resilience Strategy Launch
The LGBT+ Resilience
Strategy for the West of England was launched at Bristol's City
Hall this month to coincide with LGBT History Month. The launch of
the strategy on 3 February featured workshops, a launch party and
stalls, including one from Bristol Mental Health's (BMH) Community
Access Support Service.
Research has revealed that LGBT+ communities have to deal with
inequalities in their lives that impact on their mental, physical
and emotional health, education, housing, drug and alcohol use,
safety, visibility and influence. The strategy outlines what LGBT+
communities in the region need and want and includes a plan for how
these needs and desires can be met to help these communities reach
Mel Palmer, Manager of BMH's Men's Crisis House, also attended
the event as BMH's LGBTQ Lead and a member of the strategy's
steering group. Mel gave a speech alongside Tom Renhard, Bristol
Independent Mental Health Network's Representation &
Accountability Officer. The pair spoke of how mental health
services will help contribute towards the strategy.
"Being part of the Resilience Strategy representing Bristol
Mental Health and St Mungo's was a proud moment," says Mel.