Research published in The LGBTIreland Report (2016) shows that LGBTQI people face specific barriers to accessing mental health services. Obstacles include:
- a lack of understanding of LGBTQI issues by those in the helping professions
- a fear among LGBTQI people that their sexual orientation or gender identity would be seen by practitioners as ‘the’ problem.
We aim to change this unsupportive environment. Bronntanas LGBTQI will develop and deliver a range of psychotherapeutic interventions to boost the mental health and wellbeing of people living in rural Ireland who identify as LGBTQIAF (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, Fetish). Our services will support individuals and couples who are questioning or exploring their sexual orientation, and families who need support around issues of sexuality and gender identity.