Event Summary



Date and Time

Wednesday 19 May 2021 (10.00 - 12.00)


Free (£30.00 non-members)

The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (Idaho Day) is celebrated on 17 May, marking the day when homosexuality was de-classified as a mental illness.  In keeping with this theme, this online session focuses on LGBT+ mental health and rights violations in current times.

Last term we were delighted to welcome Sam Hope (therapist, trainer and consultant) to deliver an engaging workshop on LGBT+ awareness and current issues.  Mental health was raised as an important concern and participants were keen to learn more.  We are therefore pleased to have Sam’s input once again in this meeting, to explore and deepen our understandings of specific mental health concerns in relation to the diverse LGBT+ community.

Learning outcomes for this session will focus on:

  • The crisis in LGBT+ mental health and its causes
  • The Minority Stress model and how it affects LGBT+ people
  • The crossover between neurodiversity and LGBT+ and how this impacts mental health
  • The ways in which each of us can have a material impact on improving LGBT+ mental health

Facilitated by Karen Plowman (Head of Professional Development, Skills and Education Group) there will also be an opportunity for colleagues working with LGBT+ staff and students to share the successes and ongoing challenges of their work to raise awareness and bring about change.

  • How can I access the event?

    All joining instructions will be sent a day prior to the session taking place and you will either be able to join us online, or by dialling into the session.

    If you have any questions or do not receive any joining instructions please call us on 0115 854 1626.

  • Would you like this session delivered directly to your staff?

    If you would like this, or a similar session, delivered to staff within your organisation as part of your development programme, please contact Karen Plowman, Head of Professional Development (karenp@skillsedugroup.co.uk) for more details.