Some specific health inequalities linked to LGBT people are:
- High levels of social isolation and poor response from health and social care services for older LGBT people.
- Incidences of mental health illness are more prevalent amongst LGBT people.
- Younger LGBT people are twice at risk of self-harming behaviours and suicidal behaviour.
- LGBT people are more likely drink more or take drugs.
The protocols for dealing with medical conditions rarely change for LGBT people, however there are often additional considerations which can improve the experience for LGBT patients.
Good Care to People Living with HIV
World AIDS Day takes place every year on 1 December and it is the perfect time to remind ourselves how we can provide the best support to people living with HIV across the country.
In our first joint venture the National Ambulance LGBT Network has worked closely with the National AIDS Trust to produce a new resource pack for ambulance staff. In this you will find:
- Up-to-date facts and figures about HIV in the UK
- Information about HIV prevention and treatment
- Providing the best service to people living with HIV
- Where you can find more information
The National Ambulance LGBT Network will be supporting the red ribbon campaign and encouraging ambulance services to raise money to continue important research that continues to improve to treatments available to people.
Some additional posters are provided here to help you promote your events. These are included here with the permission of the National AIDS Trust.
You can find more information at www.worldaidsday.org.
Our first pack looks at best practice and resources to support people living with dementia.
The National Ambulance LGBT Network has identified that health care services often fail to recognise LGBT people and the people surrounding them. Some simple steps can correct this and we have produced a pack outlining some practical advice and showcasing examples of good practice from around the country.
The Purple List
At our second conference the subject of dementia was introducd through the media of a short play. The one-man performance, which lasts around 35 minutes, reveals the progression of dementia through the eyes of one mans partner. This performance has been used as a training and development tool in many health and social care settings and has received a lot of praise.
Check out the website for more information at www.purplelisttheatre.co.uk.
Victims of Sexual Violence
The LGBT Foundation in Manchester have produced a set of resources to help people affected by sexual violence. The aim of the resources are to provide an overview of the basics and help find support. The three resources are for:
- gay and bisexual men
- lesbian and bisexual women
- trans people
These excellent resources are included here with the kind permission of the LGBT Foundation.
Substance use disorders affect 20 to 30 percent of the LGBT population, compared to 8.4 percent of the general population, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. These alarming numbers stress a need for more substance use recovery programs that cater to LGBT individuals.
An organisation based in Florida, Advanced Recovery Systems, has developed a comprehensive website (DrugRehab.com) which is also includes information for the LGBT community. You can find information, guidance and resources by clicking here.
We are grateful to staff at DrugRehab.com who have made contact with us and for giving us permission to include links to their resources on our website.
Please note that the treatment options described on the site are based in America. If you are looking for help for yourself or someone else, we encourage you to look at the information below.
Information about drug addiction and getting help in the UK can be found on the NHS website at:
The FRANK website also contains a wealth of information including a link to local support services.
FRANK also provides a telephone helpline which operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The number is 0300 123 6600.