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Challenges to and opportunities for improving mental health services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in Ireland: A narrative account

Creator:

MCCANN, EDWARD; BURKE SHAREK, DANIKA;

Subject Keywords: service users; nursing; mental health; bisexual, gay, lesbian, and transgender people,; Identities in Transformation; Inclusive Society;
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Description:

The views and opinions of people who use mental health services are being increasingly
acknowledged in relation to rights-based, socially-inclusive, and recovery-oriented care. However,
little is known of the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in this
respect. The aim of the present study was to explore the experiences and needs of LGBT people in
relation to mental health services. The study was an exploratory design utilizing mixed methods. Both
quantitative and qualitative data were collected using a survey instrument (
n
= 125) and in-depth
semistructured interviews (
n
= 20) with a sample of people who had completed the survey. This paper
will report on the findings from the interview data. The data were thematically analysed, and the main
themes that emerged included accessing services, treatment choices, mental health service experiences,
and other supports. The findings inform the discussion, and recommendations are made in terms of
future mental health practice, education, and research.

Suggested citation:

MCCANN, EDWARD; BURKE SHAREK, DANIKA; . () Challenges to and opportunities for improving mental health services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in Ireland: A narrative account [Online]. Available from: http://publichealthwell.ie/node/824682 [Accessed: 25th June 2019].

  

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