National Student Pride 2016
will highlight LGBT mental health
Next year’s Student Pride is to focus on the issue of LGBT mental health, it was announced today.
The event, which takes place at University of Westminster from 5-7 February, will feature panel debates and discussions highlighting issues around mental health and asking why LGBT people are disproportionately experiencing poor mental health
A recent study by Cambridge University found that LGB people were two to three times more likely to suffer from longterm psychological and emotional problems than their heterosexual counterparts, and LGB people were also 50% more likely to report negative experiences with healthcare professionals.
Student Pride spokesperson Jamie Wareham told DIVA: “We chose mental health as our key focus this year because although it can be difficult to talk about, it’s a vital conversation to have.
“LGBT people are disproportionately affected by mental health and our community tackles topics best when we stand together. We want to break down the stigma, and give people a space to talk and understand that they are not alone.”
2016’s event will also feature an LGBT careers fair, a coming out discussion in partnership with R U Coming Out, and a YouTube panel with some of the most popular LGBT content creators. There will also be evening entertainment in the form of a Homecoming party at the infamous G-A-Y as well as a film screening of the blockbuster Milk at Regent Street Cinema.
EY’s Liz Bingham, whose company are sponsoring the event, said: “We are very proud to support National Student Pride for another year.
“At EY we are passionate about enabling people to come together in an environment where they feel included and respected. National Student Pride enables LGBT students to do just that.”