Health & Well-Being

Merton’s LGBT+ Forum was relaunched earlier in 2015 and aims to be the voice of local LGBT+ people.

As we develop, we have decided to focus on a number of key areas first, of which Health and Wellbeing is one of the most important. A new project has been formed (which is open to anyone to join who wants to contribute in this work to) to address this.

This project has agreed on 4 main priorities:

  1. Firstly to provide information about issues that relate to our health and wellbeing and services and advice available to assist with this. Much of this can be found within this section of our website but we also plan on producing some paper resources to inform local residents of both our work and this website.
  2. To open dialogue with local commissioning and other responsible authorities so that our health needs are known about, promoted and properly resourced in what we all acknowledge are difficult funding conditions. We hope to promote the importance of working with other pan-London providers and voluntary organisations to maximise best use of available resources.
  3. To provide an authoritative and supportive voice from within our own community to health and well-being issues across the whole borough. We will achieve this by joining other representative bodies that provide oversight, advice and engagement.
  4. To work closely with local NHS and Social Care providers, including GP’s surgeries, community and sexual health clinics as well as hospital services and clinics so that not only are our needs understood and met but so that we provide important support and feedback to these providers.

Welcome to the Health and Well-Being section of our website. This will always be a work in progress and our aim is not to be the font of all knowledge but to provide you with easy links to specialist information, groups, services and organisations who can provide you online with the information that you need.

We welcome all suggestions and comment! Please send these to info@mertonlghtforum.org.uk and put ‘Health’ in the subject line: thank you.

All of us have different needs but one thing that unites this is our entitlement to the best health and well-being so that we and those we love may live happy, productive lives. It matters not how you identify yourself as a person or sexually nor whether you are ‘out’ or not about who you are.

Many of us – at one time or another – have lived with an issue that we have been unsure or even embarrassed about. In this country and day, no one should feel that they have to do this. There is always support and information available; sometimes it may not be easy to find this but we hope this simple guide on Health and Wellbeing will assist you with this.

Patrick Lyster-Todd

Health and Wellbeing
Project Manager

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Merton’s LGBT+ Forum was relaunched earlier in 2015 and aims to be the voice of local LGBT+ people.

As we develop, we have decided to focus on a number of key areas first, of which Health and Wellbeing is one of the most important. A new project has been formed (which is open to anyone to join who wants to contribute in this work to) to address this.

This project has agreed on 4 main priorities:

  1. Firstly to provide information about issues that relate to our health and wellbeing and services and advice available to assist with this. Much of this can be found within this section of our website but we also plan on producing some paper resources to inform local residents of both our work and this website.
  2. To open dialogue with local commissioning and other responsible authorities so that our health needs are known about, promoted and properly resourced in what we all acknowledge are difficult funding conditions. We hope to promote the importance of working with other pan-London providers and voluntary organisations to maximise best use of available resources.
  3. To provide an authoritative and supportive voice from within our own community to health and well-being issues across the whole borough. We will achieve this by joining other representative bodies that provide oversight, advice and engagement.
  4. To work closely with local NHS and Social Care providers, including GP’s surgeries, community and sexual health clinics as well as hospital services and clinics so that not only are our needs understood and met but so that we provide important support and feedback to these providers.

Welcome to the Health and Well-Being section of our website. This will always be a work in progress and our aim is not to be the font of all knowledge but to provide you with easy links to specialist information, groups, services and organisations who can provide you online with the information that you need.

We welcome all suggestions and comment! Please send these to info@mertonlghtforum.org.uk and put ‘Health’ in the subject line: thank you.

All of us have different needs but one thing that unites this is our entitlement to the best health and well-being so that we and those we love may live happy, productive lives. It matters not how you identify yourself as a person or sexually nor whether you are ‘out’ or not about who you are.

Many of us – at one time or another – have lived with an issue that we have been unsure or even embarrassed about. In this country and day, no one should feel that they have to do this. There is always support and information available; sometimes it may not be easy to find this but we hope this simple guide on Health and Wellbeing will assist you with this.

Patrick Lyster-Todd

Health and Wellbeing
Project Manager

How We Can Help

Please contact us at info@mertonlgbtforum.org.uk (putting ‘Health’ in the subject line) if you have any questions for which you cannot find an answer. We take particular care over confidentiality and no one will ever know that you have done so without your specific permission.

Similarly, please contact us if you would like more information about the Forum and joing the Health & Well-being project. We meet in the evening every 3 months but also engage in other activities within the Forum including a number of social events.

We can also provide impartial and confidential advice should you wish to complain about anything relating to local health services.

It is important to understand that this is your right and can be done without any concern that this may reflect on you or future provision of health services.

In fact, this is one of the ways by which you can help influence how services are provided and developed.

Merton Area Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)

http://www.mertonccg.nhs.uk/Contact-us/Pages/Patient-Advice-and-Liaison-Service.aspx

Credits

We would like to thank all of those organisations who whose websites we have provided a link to. Together, we are all committed to your best health and wellbeing.