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Mental health staff perceptions and practice regarding self-harm, suicidality and help-seeking in LGBTQ youth: Findings from a cross-sectional survey in the UK

Hughes, Elizabeth, Rawlings, Victoria and McDermott, Elizabeth (2018) Mental health staff perceptions and practice regarding self-harm, suicidality and help-seeking in LGBTQ youth: Findings from a cross-sectional survey in the UK. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 39 (1). pp. 30-36. ISSN 0161-2840

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Abstract

Young people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ) experience higher levels of suicidality compared to heterosexual or cisgender peers, and face significant barriers accessing mental health services including prejudice from staff. In a cross-sectional survey, mental health staff who reported receiving LGBT awareness training were significantly more likely to report in relation to working with LGBT youth that they routinely discussed issues of sexuality and gender (χ2=8.782, df=2, p < 0.05); to feel that their organisation supported them to work with this group (χ2=14.401, df=2, p < 0.001); and report that they had access to adequate skills training that supported their work with suicidality and self-harm with this group (χ2=21.911, df=2, p <0.001). There is a need to enhance the mental health workforce in LGBTQ awareness, and these findings indicate that awareness training could impact positively on practice.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
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Depositing User: Sally Hughes
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2017 09:03
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2018 14:47
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/34006

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