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Survey of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people's experiences of mental health services in Ireland.
Int J Ment Health Nurs. 2014 Apr; 23(2):118-27.IJ

Abstract

Very little is known about the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in relation to mental health services. Therefore, the overall aim of the current research was to explore LGBT people's experiences of mental health service provision in Ireland. The objectives were to identify barriers and opportunities, to highlight service gaps, and to identify good practice in addressing the mental health and well-being of LGBT people. A mixed methods research design using quantitative and qualitative approaches was deployed. A multipronged sampling strategy was used and 125 respondents responded to the questionnaire. A subset of phase 1 (n = 20) were interviewed in the qualitative phase. Quantitative data was analyzed using descriptive statistics. Qualitative data were analyzed thematically. The sample consisted of LGBT people (n = 125) over 18 years of age living in Ireland. Over three-quarters (77%) had received a psychiatric diagnosis. Findings include that whilst 63% of respondents were able to be 'out' to practitioners, 64% felt that mental health professionals lacked knowledge about LGBT issues and 43% felt practitioners were unresponsive to their needs. Finally, respondent recommendations about how mental health services may be more responsive to LGBT people's needs are presented.

Authors+Show Affiliations

School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College, University of Dublin, Dublin, Ireland.No affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

23473079

Citation

McCann, Edward, and Danika Sharek. "Survey of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People's Experiences of Mental Health Services in Ireland." International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, vol. 23, no. 2, 2014, pp. 118-27.
McCann E, Sharek D. Survey of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people's experiences of mental health services in Ireland. Int J Ment Health Nurs. 2014;23(2):118-27.
McCann, E., & Sharek, D. (2014). Survey of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people's experiences of mental health services in Ireland. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 23(2), 118-27. https://doi.org/10.1111/inm.12018
McCann E, Sharek D. Survey of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People's Experiences of Mental Health Services in Ireland. Int J Ment Health Nurs. 2014;23(2):118-27. PubMed PMID: 23473079.
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