LGBTQ History Month: From a Psychiatrist and Service User
23 June, 2020
In February 2020, we interviewed two members of the LGBTQ Community, who both have different experiences of the community, and of course their own unique relationship with mental health services.
Our first interview is with Dr Louise Theodosiou, who we spoke to at a College leadership event.
Dr Louise Theodosiou is a child and adolescent psychiatrist working in Central Manchester. As an LGBT+ activist, we wanted to talk with Louise about the misconceptions surrounding gender, what schools can do to educate their pupils on mental health and the types of negativity members of the LGBT+ community experience.
Our second interview is with Jamie. Jamie identifies as a trans man, and has used mental health services for just under ten years.
We sat down with Jamie to discuss his relationship with the mental health services, his thoughts on the LGBTQ community and what it was like to connect with a psychiatrist who understood his specific mental health needs. He's originally from Newcastle and now lives in Leeds where he's an LGBTQ+ activist.
The interviews contain topics of child abuse, suicide, and self-harm.