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Transgender issues under spotlight with Halton mental health group

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Written By: Oliver Clay

5 Boroughs NHS trust backs Transgender Awareness Week after shocking figures reveal psychological burden of stigma

A Halton mental health group has backed Transgender Awareness Week.

A 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust spokeswoman said research has showed that 80% of trans-people self-harm and 40% attempt suicide during their lifetime due to the stigma they encounter.

She said the organisation hopes that raising awareness will ease the issues they face.

Tara Hewitt, 5 Boroughs equality and diversity advisor, who herself is transgender, has featured in a video published online to speak about the trust’s work.

Training already given to the group’s staff in Warrington on how to providing appropriate care is to be rolled out in Halton in future.

Tara said: “Transgender people face major health inequalities which adversely affects their health and wellbeing.

“Bringing health professionals and the trans community together will help to improve the cultural competency of our staff so we can begin to reduce these inequalities.

“This work demonstrates the trust’s commitment to delivering high quality care to everybody we deliver services to in the trans community.”

Steve Hull, 5 Boroughs deputy director of nursing and quality, said: “As a trust we are very supportive of the trans community and it is great that we are demonstrating a commitment to reducing inequalities.”

Source: Liverpool Echo 

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