Signposting and support

What to do if a patient discloses to you?

The badges aren’t designed as a symbol intended to prompt people to open up to you, but they may prompt a person to disclose information about their own sexuality or gender identity, perhaps for the first time. Wearing a badge doesn’t mean you’ll have all the answers but most importantly you should be prepared to listen and signpost to relevant information.

What should I do if I feel I need to escalate a conversation?

Occasionally, you may feel that someone may need more immediate support, or that they are at risk

If you are specifically worried that there is an immediate or serious risk to the patient's physical or mental health, then you should escalate to the Safeguarding Team in line with normal Trust procedure. 

Support and advice

Adults

Local:

National:

  • Stonewall is a national charity which provides information, resources and support for LGBTQ+ people.

Children and young people 

Local:

  • XYZ Club are a Shropshire-based group who support LGBTQ+ children and young people.
  • Mind - LGBQT+ Mid and North Powys offer advice and access to a support group which is open to those who identify as LGBTQ+ and their family and friends.

National:

Guidence for parents

Local:

National:

Victim support

  • Broken Rainbow UK are a charity who help and support LGBTQ+ people experiencing domestic violence.
  • Galop is a community safety charity who provide support for LGBTQ+ people who have experienced hate crime, sexual violence or domestic abuse.
  • Stop Hate UK offer information, advice and support for those affected by hate crime. 
  • Victim Support is a national charity who help people affected by crime. 

Further help