The 10th Norwich Pride Parade promises to be the most colourful, vibrant and musical yet, and Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust will be joining the fun to show its support for diversity and inclusiveness in our society.
The parade will take place in Norwich on Saturday, 28 July 2018 and NSFT will have a stand at Chapelfield while the Trust's Wellbeing service will be at the Forum. Both will have information about the services and support we offer, making the most of this important opportunity to engage with members of the LGBT community about mental health issues.
NSFT embraces the diversity of our staff, service users, carers and the communities we serve. The Trust is committed to promote equal opportunity among all its staff and to provide a fair and accessible service to the local community.
Ravi Seenan, Head of Equalities and Engagement at NSFT, said: "Equality of opportunity is at the heart of what we do. We value the diversity of our entire staff by aiming to provide a truly inclusive and fair culture where talents can flourish.
"This means that patients and service users are more likely to receive appropriate and effective services that are fair and accessible, irrespective of their age, gender, race, religious beliefs, disability, sexual orientation, social class and marital status."
The LGBT community includes people from many different cultures, backgrounds, genders, ages, and faiths – everyone has their own experience of being LGBT, and we are there to support everyone who needs us.
Stonewall carried out a report in 2012 which showed that 22% of gay and bisexual men were suffering from moderate to severe levels of depression. In the year before the survey was published, 79% of lesbian and bisexual women said they had had a spell of sadness, felt miserable or felt depressed. This increases to 84% of bisexual women and 86% of black and minority ethnic women, while 46% of LGB pupils reported having experienced homophobic bullying.
Ravi added: "We improve care and provide a better environment for patients and colleagues by understanding that each of us has our own individual outlook, experiences, strengths and needs in life. Organisations always benefit from having people from diverse backgrounds, cultures and perspectives.
"It's important to our Trust that the LGBT community knows that our services are here to help and that we understand the inequalities that the LGBT community can face within our society. We are proud to serve all of the communities across Norfolk and Suffolk."
The Trust's Board is committed to making NSFT a better place to work so that everyone can feel safe, included, valued and respected, whether they are staff, service users or carers. It is extremely important for staff to work in a comfortable and pleasant environment as this enables them to perform to their optimum level and offer the best possible service to people facing mental health challenges.
Our Wellbeing service will also be taking part in Pride in the Park – West Norfolk's first Pride event – in King's Lynn on Saturday, 18 August 2018.
The parade leaves Tuesday Market Place at 1pm and there will be live entertainment, guest speakers, stalls and more in The Walks by the bandstand from 1.30pm.
Wellbeing will have a stall at the event offering information and support to the local LGBT community.
To find out more about Norwich Pride, visit www.norwichpride.org.uk
To find out more about Pride in the Park, search for 'King's Lynn & West Norfolk Pride' on Facebook
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