Delivering informed care for the LGBTQ+ community

LGBTQ+ people have historically been overlooked as to their specific needs in the mental healthcare system, leaving many with a lack of trust in providers. People can be worried about disclosing their sexual orientation or gender identity to health professionals in case they are misunderstood, or the service doesn’t account for their particular needs.

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Rob is the Education Programmes Manager at Just Like Us, the LGBT+ young people’s charity. Just Like Us runs a number of initiatives to ensure that LGBT+ young people are empowered to champion LGBT+ inclusion and tackle prejudice. Over the past few years, School Diversity Week – their flagship initiative – has reached more than 4000 schools, and their young ambassadors have spoken in front of more than 70,000 young people.

Previous to this, Rob worked as a secondary Geography teacher for five years at an inner-city London school, taking the lead on adapting the pastoral, educational provision to better serve the changing needs of young people, particularly during the coronavirus pandemic.