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BPS to speak at Commons Select Committee on LGBT mental health

15 May 2019

BPS representative and chair of the Coalition Against Conversion Therapy Dr Igi/Lyndsey Moon will today give evidence to the Women’s and Equalities Select Committee inquiry into health and social care and LGBT communities.

The session, held during Mental Health Awareness Week, brings together people working with LGBT young people, researchers and service users to share their experiences with MPs.

Focusing on mental health and health services for LGBT young people,  speakers will discuss the effectiveness of the latest government commitments and difficulties in accessing inclusive mental health services. 

They will also explore the most pressing health and social care needs for young LGBT people and the role of the charity sector in providing these needs. 

Dr Igi/Lyndsey Moon said:

 “This offers opportunities to discuss and raise awareness of issues around mental health in the LGBT community, and demonstrate the influence of the BPS on social justice, inclusion and diversity.

“It also provides a chance to highlight the major role the coalition, through its Memorandum of Understanding2 (MoU2), had in bringing together national organisations, including voluntary regulators, government departments and NHS England to share a full commitment to protecting the public from the risks of conversion therapy.”

Dr Joanna Semlyen, a member of the BPS and senior lecturer at the University of East Anglia, will also be giving evidence.

A recording of the inquiry is available here.

The Coalition against Conversion Therapy launched the MoU2 with the backing of all major psychological, psychotherapeutic and counselling organisations in the UK, including the British Psychological Society, British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, and the UK Council for Psychotherapy in October 2017.

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