28 February 2017

LGBT+ Resilience Strategy Launch

Mel Palmer and Tom RenhardThe 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 their potential.

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.

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