My LGBTI+ Voice Matters

My LGBTI+ Voice Matters: A Mixed Methods Exploration of the Views and Experiences of LGBTI+ Mental Health Service Users

MHR in partnership with LGBT Ireland will be launching a new report: ‘My LGBTI+ Voice Matters: A Mixed Methods Exploration of the Views and Experiences of LGBTI+ Mental Health Services Users’ at a webinar on 15th June as part of Pride month.

Drawing on the data collected as part of the My Voice Matters consultations series, this HSE funded project aims to bring together people from the LGBTI+ community, to explore their experiences of mental health services in Ireland.

Mental Health Reform’s My Voice Matters series, was the largest and most in-depth consultation with mental health service users and their family, friends, carers and supporters to be carried out in Ireland to date. Almost 1,200 people with recent experience of accessing secondary or tertiary mental health services in Ireland completed the service user survey.

Approximately one in every five participants (19%) identified as members of the LGBTI+ community. This was therefore one of the largest samples of LGBTI+ mental health service users to share their views and experiences of the mental health services in Ireland.

Recognising the potential importance of this feedback, the HSE agreed to fund this project, which sought to build on the My Voice Matters survey data by carrying out a series of focus groups with LGBTI+ mental health service users.

MHR and LGBT Ireland will share the findings of this important research to inform the provision and improvement of services so that they better meet the needs of the LGBTI+ community and the diverse groups therein.

When: Wednesday 15th June, 9.30AM – 11.00AM

Where: This event will be available online via Zoom.

Register: To watch the event online, register for your free place on Zoom by clicking the button below.


9.20am Speakers arrive online

9.30am – 9.40am Introduction from Paula Fagan, CEO, LGBT Ireland

9.40am – 9.55am Presentation from Bernadette Grogan, Policy & Research Manager, Mental Health Reform

9.55am – 10.05am Update from Michael Norton, National Engagement & Recovery Lead, HSE Mental Health Engagement and Recovery Office

10.05am – 10.35am Panel Discussion: Paula Fagan, CEO, LGBT Ireland
                                                                      Sharon Nolan, Research Participant
                                                                      Lilith Ferreyra-Carroll, National Community Development Officer, TENI

10.35am – 10.45am Audience Q&A

10.45am Closing remarks from Róisín Clarke, Interim CEO, Mental Health Reform


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