Mental Health Services: LGBT+ People

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered at on 14 July 2023.

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Photo of Rosena Allin-Khan Rosena Allin-Khan Shadow Minister (Mental Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what funding has been allocated for LGBTQ+ appropriate mental health treatment for financial years (a) 2023-24, (b) 2024-25 and (c) 2025-26.

Photo of Maria Caulfield Maria Caulfield The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Women)

Integrated care boards (ICBs) are responsible for the provision of mental health services and thus for allocating funding for services tailored to their local populations. This means that the provision of LGBTQ+ appropriate mental health treatment should be commissioned at ICB level.

At a national level, we are expanding and transforming National Health Service mental health services in England, backed by additional funding of £2.3 billion a year by March 2024. This will allow an extra 2 million people, including LGBTQ+ individuals, to get the mental health support that they need.

Through its mental health equalities strategy, NHS England is working closely with patients, carers, health system leaders and other key stakeholders to bridge the gaps for groups, such as the LGBTQ+ community, faring worse than others in mental health services.

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