LGBTQ+ parent families

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender people are statistically more likely to experience mental health problems such as depression, suicidal thoughts, self-harm and alcohol and substance misuse. This can be attributed to a range of factors, including discrimination, hate crimes, inequalities, isolation, homophobia, transphobia and other adverse experiences.

The heterosexual/cis-normative biases in both mental and physical health services can lead to the LGBTQ+ community feeling unsupported and discriminated against. For example, assumptions about the gender of a partner, or their options for becoming a parent can lead to members of the LGBTQ+ community needing to repeatedly disclose and explain their identity to professionals. The person may fear being judged or misunderstood by the professional involved in their care.

Additionally, professionals may not have had training in LGBTQ+ issues or may lack the confidence to have these conversations. This can lead to medical advice being omitted or assumptions leading to safeguarding issues being missed, for example, in cases of domestic violence.

LGBTQ+ families are at higher risk of experiencing perinatal mental illness. It is essential that healthcare professionals are better equipped to recognise, assess, refer or offer appropriate treatment to address the needs of the LGBTQ+ families. It is important that professionals remain compassionate and empathetic throughout.

NHS Confederation has developed the following resource on supporting the LGBTQ+ population through COVID-19 and beyond:
Supporting the LGBTQ+ population through COVID-19 and beyond leaflet


Lucy Warwick-Guasp is a consultant and trainer, passionate about improving perinatal mental health for LGBTQ+ parent families.

Lucy delivers training sessions for practitioners working with families experiencing pre and postnatal mental illness. The training allows participants to explore specific experiences of LGBTQ+ people and how to ensure that services are inclusive of LGBTQ+ parent families.

Find out more about the sessions in the LGBTQ+ training leaflet

Support organisations

Below is a resource list of support organisations for members of the LGBTQ+ community.

National Childbirth Trust (NCT) website has information and support for LGBTQ+ parents including:

Stonewall parenting rightsInformation for parents on parenting rights including parental responsibility, adopting, fostering, co-parenting, fertility treatment and surrogacy

Mind – Information about mental health support for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, queer or questioning (LGBTIQ+)

Galop – LGBTQ+ anti violence charity supporting all LGBTQ+ people who’ve experienced hate crime, domestic abuse or sexual violence

NHS – Having a baby of you’re LGBT+ Find out about starting a family if you’re lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or non-binary.

VODA – Voda is an app designed by NHS psychotherapists and provides self-guided digital therapy programmes derived from mindfulness and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)


Mental Health Foundation (2021) Mental health statistics: LGBTIQ+ people.

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