It is well documented that people who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender often have higher levels of mental health difficulties than their heterosexual and cis-gender counterparts. This has been associated with experiences of homophobic or transphobic discrimination, inequality and bullying. Growing up in shame, feeling different, emotionally isolated and afraid can have a serious detrimental impact on an individual’s sense of self. Also how they see themselves in relation to other people, the world and their future. The effects of these experiences, as well as other factors such as age, ethnicity, religion and location, can reverberate over a lifetime.
We would like to offer a space for patients of PHP who recognize themselves as having some of these issues to connect with and support each other. To share their experiences and coping strategies with one another.
The Identity and Resilience group will be a confidential group facilitated by PHP therapists Sheila Jones and Simon Lyne and will run for 90 minutes from 09:00 on the first and third Fridays of the month, starting on 6th September 2019. The group will take place at the Riverside Medical Centre in Vauxhall.