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UK LGBTQ Youth Mental Health Survey

What is the project about?

The Trevor Project is the worlds largest suicide prevention and mental health organisation for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning) young people. The Trevor Project is launching a version of their annual U.S. National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health for the UK. This will be The Trevor Project’s first ever international survey on LGBTQ mental health. 

Why is this research important?

This research is important as it provides data that offer insights into some of the unique issues impacting young LGBTQ people, including barriers to mental health care and suicide risk. Although various research in the UK has examined LGBTQ mental health, this survey will seek to fill gaps in existing research around young LGBTQ people’s mental health, providing evidence to influence policy and services for LGBTQ+ youth.

How are McPin and young LGBTQ people involved?

The McPin Foundation is in charge of running the youth advisory groups that will provide feedback on The Trevor Project survey draft and final results. McPin will put together a Young People’s Advisory Group (YPAG) made up of eight young people aged 13-24 who identify as LGBTQ, who will advise on the project, drawing from their lived experiences to provide critical feedback.

What’s the current status of the project?

We have currently held our first YPAG meeting with our group of newly selected members. In our first meeting, we looked at the a few sections of the US Annual National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health and the young people fed into how the survey could be translated into a UK context, and what they liked and disliked about the survey.

The young people are currently doing an additional review task of the rest of the sections of the survey.

Where can I find more information?

For more information about the public involvement within this project, you can get in contact via email: davinobeckford@mcpin.org

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