Four in Ten Steering Group Thursday 29 May 12pm to 1.30pm at 113 Denmark Hill Conference Room

Hello everyone,

A quick reminder about the next Four in Ten Steering Group on Thursday 29 May from 12pm to 1.30pm at 113 Denmark Hill.

Main agenda items will focus on updates on our complaints leaflet, initial findings from the Staff BASK survey and feedback from service users. I will send out minutes of the last meeting, along with agenda early next week, but for now, please find attached:

April to June Programme for Four in Ten Peer Support Group: 2014 April to June

Poster for Four in Ten Peer Support Group: Four in Ten Poster 2013

It would be great if you could circulate these widely, print off and pin to notice boards in services, and make available to service users.

I am also attaching,

A flyer for SLaM Equalities Partnership Time event on Thursday 5 June from 1pm to 5.30pm at ORTUS – it’s a fantastic opportunity for service users to get involved in conversations about equalities issues at SLaM: SLaM Equality Partnership Time Event Flyer – Thursday 5th June 2014

A presentation of slides from Katherine Rimes on an investigation LGB service users of Southwark Psychological Service which was discussed at our March Steering Group: LGB SPTS Audit – Powerpoint Presentation 24 03 2014 KR

I hope you all have a relaxing bank holiday weekend.

Thanks Peter

Peter Vittles

4 in 10 Project Coordinator

(Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday)

The Metro Centre Ltd

N106 Westminster Business Square

1-45 Durham Street

LONDON

SE11 5JH

Tel : 020 8305 5000

Mob: 07711 376 258

Fax: 020 8305 5001

www.metrocentreonline.org

 


HearUs Open Forum Meeting 4th February 2014

Matthew McKenzie covered this meeting for us.  He did an excellent job!

Photos:  https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.677490058960430.1073741880.476820022360769&type=3

YouTube video blog:  http://youtu.be/2AVu7cP-diI

Audio Blog:  https://soundcloud.com/bjj12/hear-us-open-meeting-4th

Transcript of audio and video blog:  http://www.scribd.com/doc/205460760/Hear-Us-Open-Forum-Meeting-4th-Feb-2014

Thank you for doing such a great job Matthew!


Calling all Trans* People

Hello,

In partnership with Four in Ten and SLaM, the METRO is seeking out Trans* people who use South London and Maudsley NHS Trust (SLaM) services:

However you see your Trans* identity, if you use SLaM Services, we want to hear from you!

Flyer here: Trans Consultation

We want to find out about your experiences of using SLaM services

  • What worked well and less well
  • How SLaM can better meet your individual needs
  • How you want to be involved in the future

To get involved, contact our worker Peter, for an informal chat.

Contact Peter on peterv@metrocentreonline.org

Or call 07711 258 376

We also attach our Four in Ten Programme. Four in Ten is SLaM’s LGBT Peer Support Group, which is open to all LGBT people who have or are currently experiencing mental health problems here: 2013 Oct to Dec Programme

Peter Vittles

4 in 10 Project Coordinator

(Tuesday, Thursday and Friday)

The Metro Centre Ltd

N106 Westminster Business Square

1-45 Durham Street

LONDON

SE11 5JH

Tel : 020 8305 5000

Mob: 07711 376 258

Fax: 020 8305 5001

www.metrocentreonline.org


Message from the Chair of Southwark LGBT Network

Dear Colleagues,

Southwark Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Forum would like to invite you to join the Forum and Councillor Dixon-Fyle to discuss issues affecting Southwark’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans youth on Thursday 10th October 18:30-21:00 at Southwark Council Offices, Tooley Street. It would great to have CCG representation there, especially as you may be aware that LGBT youth mental health issues and the lack of support has been a recurrent issue at previous health meetings.

The meeting will be chaired by the Forum Chair, Dr Justin Varney, and we have invited two external organisations to give brief overviews of the issues affecting LGB&T youth to prompt the discussion. We have invited representatives from schools across Southwark to join us, as well as the Police, Councillors from across the Council and Clinical Commissioning Group.

As you may recall from the LGBT Network delegation to the Council Assembly, there is strong evidence of increased rates of bullying, discrimination and health inequalities affecting LGBT youth, with some research showing that:

  • Over half (56%) of LGB young people have deliberately harmed themselves.
  • Young people who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual are twice as likely to have smoked than their heterosexual peers
  • More than 2 in 5 LGB pupils who experience homophobic bullying skip school because of it.
  • 1 in 4 trans young people experienced physical abuse at school
  • Several US large-scale youth health risk surveys have found that LGB youth were at least twice as likely as their peers to have conceived

There is no data on chlamydia diagnoses among LGB&T people aged 15-24. However, men who have sex with men are 11 times more likely to have chlamydia than their heterosexual peers

Forum meetings are public meetings which provide an opportunity to focus on how the public sector in Southwark can work towards addressing the needs of the Boroughs diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans community. Previous meetings have focused on older people, health, crime and housing.

Best wishes

Justin

Dr Justin Varney

Chair, Southwark LGBT Network


Four in ten news and autumn programme

Hello everyone,

Four in Ten Poster 2013

Our new autumn programme is a veritable mix of queer Four in Ten-ness! Oct to Dec 2013 Programme

We finally move to a new venue space at InSpire at the Crypt, St Peters Church in Liverpool Grove, just off Walworth Road by Iceland. See the special map attached! Move to InSpire

With a health and wellbeing theme, our grant from Camberwell Community Council has been put to good use. We have two exciting tutors coming to the group. Maria from Singing for Health is helping us to use our voice to tell our stories with an interesting mix of body percussion and sound! Tae is working with us on a drama project which will help us find new and different ways to express our feelings.

Billy has been working with the group over the last few weeks on a photography project, so over the next few weeks we will be deciding which photos will be used in our photography exhibition!

We also have a great theatre trip lined up for October. Tickets will be limited, so get in touch if you want to come!

Bye for now, and pop down and see us at our new venue!

Speak soon Peter

Peter Vittles

4 in 10 Project Coordinator

(Tuesday, Thursday and Friday)

The Metro Centre Ltd

N106 Westminster Business Square

1-45 Durham Street

LONDON

SE11 5JH

Tel : 020 8305 5000

Mob: 07711 376 258

Fax: 020 8305 5001

www.metrocentreonline.org


To Russia with Love – Four in Ten LGBT Peer Support Group Speak Out About Rising Homophobia and Transphobia in Russia

Stephen Fry’s recent open letter to David Cameron and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) describing the worsening situation for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people in Russia as reminiscent of Berlin circa 1939 and the persecution of the Jews has brought international attention to this issue. Calling for the Sochi Winter Olympics in February 2014 to be moved, Fry outlines how Putin’s attack on gay people is against the Olympic oaths for which the games are meant to promote – humanity, peace, anti-discrimination.

In June of this year, Putin introduced the ‘anti-propaganda’ law which forbids the promotion of non traditional relations  to young people with punishment by large fines and imprisonment. What this has meant in practice is that speaking the word ‘gay’ is now a criminal act. LGBT people risk loosing their jobs, gay people are censored from public life, trans people are targeted by gangs of men and there has been a shocking rise in assaults targeting LGBT people. Most troubling of all are the stories of neo-Nazi groups posting videos and photo’s on the internet of shocking abuse of young gay men who are subjected to public humiliation, abuse and torture, leaving them traumatised, leading to a number of deaths from suicide and as a result of their injuries.

We often think that, in the UK with an equal age of consent for gay people, laws banning the discrimination of LGBT people, civil partnership rights and soon to be enacted same sex marriage, that equality for LGBT people here is certain. However, the fact of the matter is that LGBT people in the UK, and in London in particular, still face high levels of hate crime.

GALOP, a leading LGBT community safety charity, recently released new research findings that showed that there were over 1000 homophobic crimes in London in 2012/13 and 50 transphobic crimes. Although this represents a large reduction on previous reports of homophobic and transphobic incidents, the British Crime Survey still shows that 1 in 8 LGBT people experience hate crime. GALOP’s findings also showed that almost two thirds hate crime don’t get reported.  Overall, there has been a slight drop to 43% of homophobic crimes which are solved and a very poor 6% of transphobic crimes.

What is most concerning about all this – the rise of homophobic and transphobic crime in Russia and the on-going high levels of hate crime here is the impact this has on LGBT mental health and wellbeing. Four in ten LGBT people will experience mental health problems in their lifetime – against one in four of the general population.

The irrational fear and hatred of LGBT people, the rise in attacks, the state sanctioning of discrimination against LGBT people, the outlawing of talking about being LGBT, or that LGBT people have equal value to heterosexual people, we all have personal experience of this to a certain extent. We are acutely aware of how this contributed to our own deteriorating mental health and wellbeing and sense of isolation as a result of stigma and discrimination.

We are speaking out about this issue because we want LGBT people, where ever they are, to live free from discrimination, homophobia and transphobia. We hope that by bringing attention to this issue, not only are we raising awareness of the plight of our brothers and sisters in Russia, but we are also bringing attention to the issue that homophobia, and transphobia – whether its violence targeted at LGBT people, or simply making us invisible – contributes to negative mental health and wellbeing and we urge you to stand with us and challenge this were ever it takes place.

Four in Ten is SLaM’s LGBT Peer Support Group which meets every Tuesday evening between 5.30pm and 7.30pm. It is open to all LGBT people with mental health problems.

The Four in Ten Project is a three year LGBT Equalities Project led by Metro Centre and funded by Maudsley Charity to improve the experience of LGBT service users at SLaM.

To find out more contact Peter Vittles on 07711 376 258 or email peterv@metrocentreonline.org


LGBT? Please share your views on Mental Health

Why do some people struggle with their mental health and others don’t? Your opinions are needed. 

Research has shown that compared to their heterosexual counterparts:

•     LGBT youth are more likely to attempt suicide

•     Lesbian and bisexual women are more likely to have alcohol related problems

•     Gay and bisexual men are more likely to have body image disorders

The RaRE (Risk and Resilience Explored) Survey last month and will compare the mental health of LGBT people with non-LGBT people through a series of questions designed to identify the risk factors and protective factors associated with positive and poor mental health.  Factors under study include relationships, drug use, presence or absence of family support and self-esteem.

Margaret Unwin, Chief Executive of PACE said: “We anticipate that the project will provide new insights into the mental health of the LGBT community. The ultimate aim of the project is to change support programmes and influence local and national policy and practice.”

Professor Elizabeth Peel of Worcester University, member of the RaRE Academic Panel said:

“PACE is working with a range of stakeholders on this important project.  We hope to get 2000 people to complete the survey so that we have a robust piece of research that will contribute significantly to knowledge of this issue.”

PACE’s RaRE project is funded by the Big Lottery and partners include Aston, Worcester, London South Bank and Brunel Universities, and continues until mid 2014.

All people aged 18 years or over, of any sexuality, living in England are invited to participate in the study, which takes 20-30 minutes to complete.

Click on the link to complete the survey:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/c_RaREStudy

#RT via http://www.lgf.org.uk via Matthew