Health secretary pledges to pay more attention to the mental health of LGBT Brits

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As the UK marks Time to Talk Day, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has vowed that he was going to ensure that the NHS Long Term Plan is observing the mental health problems of the LGBT population more specifically than it used to be before. The 10-year NHS Long Term Plan, launched in January, states that it will provide at least £2.3 billion of extra funding annually for mental health care by 2023 or 2024. According to the researches held across the UK, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens, as well as those who are identified elsewhere within the queer spectrum, are much more likely to suffer from different kinds of mental health disorders, in part such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PSTD) and suicidal thoughts. Mr. Hancock claims to have been aware of the results of those researches, ensuring that the national healthcare service in the country is definitely going to view the queer population’s mental health more specifically. The NHS Long Term Plan sets out how £20.5 billion of funding will be spent over the next five years, including pledges to reduce stillbirths by 50 percent and save 55,000 more lives a year by diagnosing cancer in the early stages.

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