Posted by Devon Partnership Trust in News on 25th February, 2021
At this time when we are celebrating LBGT+ History Month, we invite our staff to wear a Rainbow Badge and send a positive message of inclusion.
LGBT+ people continue to face inequalities and barriers to accessing healthcare. Research shows that negative attitudes towards LGBT+ people are still common within the NHS. A recent Stonewall survey estimates that one in seven LGBT+ people have avoided treatment because of the fear of discrimination and many people are not ‘out’ to their healthcare provider for the same reason.
Wearing a Rainbow Badge is a way to show that our organisation, is an open, non-judgemental and inclusive place for people who identify as part of the LGBT+ community. It signifies: “You can talk to me freely about who you are and how you feel and I will support you.”
Mental health issues such as depression and anxiety are higher in people who identify as LGBT+ so it is essential for us as a provider of mental health services to be welcoming, tolerant and understanding.
Did you know that all the colours of the original Pride rainbow flag have a meaning? Each of the colours represent things that are important for living well:
Red = Life
Orange = Healing
Yellow = Sunlight
Green = Nature
Indigo = Harmony
Violet = Spirit