Pandemic lockdown is 'taking its toll' on mental health - LGBT charity says

High levels of isolation and limited access to support is taking its toll on LGBT people. Credit: ITV News.

A North West charity says it has found disturbing evidence the pandemic is causing "profound suffering" for LGBT people.

High levels of isolation and limited access to support is taking its toll on the mental health of those affected.

The report found:

  • 42% would like to access support for their mental health at this time

  • 8% do not feel safe where they are currently staying

  • 18% are concerned that this situation is going to lead to substance or alcohol misuse or trigger a relapse

  • 16% had been unable to access healthcare for non-Covid related issues

  • 34% of people have had a medical appointment cancelled

  • 23% were unable to access medication or were worried that they might not be able to access medication

  • 40% of respondents aged 50+ were living alone, putting them a high risk of isolation

The Manchester-based LGBT Foundation says there is help and support out there for those who need it.

If you need immediate help

Call 999 if it's a genuine emergencyCall the Samaritans on 116 123Links 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