Concerns members of LGBT community may be suffering in silence during lockdown

Video Report by Líse McNally

Members of the LGBT community are being urged not to suffer in silence if lack of access to safe spaces is putting their health at risk.

The LGBT Foundation in Greater Manchester says that demand on their crisis helpline has doubled since the coronavirus outbreak - with around one in ten reporting that they don't feel safe where they're currently staying.

If you need immediate help

  • Call 999 if it's a genuine emergency

  • Call the Samaritans on 116 123

Links to help and support:

  • The LGBT Foundation is a national charity delivering advice, support and information services

  • akt supports lgbtq+ young people aged 16-25 in UK who are facing or experiencing homelessness or living in a hostile environment

  • The Proud Trust is a LGBT+ charity that supports young people and youth groups across the UK. They've moved support services online

  • Age UK offers support to older LGBT+ people

  • UK mental health charity Mind has a dedicated section for LGBT+ people, where you can access information about mental health support

  • You can find Stonewall's information service here