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  • identify need,
  • routinely explore the suicide prevention needs of all young people accessing the service,
  • improve services,
  • prove success of interventions,
  • show how well services meet LGBT young people's needs,
  • influence local strategies,
  • influence mainstream and specialist service provision,
  • help access funding, and
  • help gather evidence to influence national strategy.


Vulnerable Group
By 2008, GALYIC had completed 50 interviews using the NAT; these were analysed and published in "Ten Years On:  Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Young People in Calderdale", November 2008; click here to access report.  The findings show that LGBT young people are a highly vulnerable group and are more likely than heterosexual young people to:

  • Experience homelessness
  • Experience mental health problems, in particular depression, anxiety, self harm, suicide attempts and phobias
  • Experience alcohol and drug misuse
  • Use tobacco
  • Experience bullying based on their sexual orientation
  • Experience sexual abuse, sexual assault and rape.

The findings suggest that the age of coming out has reduced to 14.8 years and that many young people do not have the support of parents and continue to be isolated until they accessed GALYIC.

National Research
In 2014 the national research project Youth Chances published the findings of its survey with over 7,000 young people aged 16 to 25 years across England.  The findings identify, alongside other substantial research from around the world, the continued vulnerability of young LGBT people.

Further Vulnerabilities
Over the years, through working with the LGBT youth group, other issues came to light which needed further investigation.  For example:

  • Experience of emotional, physical and sexual abuse growing up
  • Emotional, physical and sexual abuse within relationships
  • Aggression
In response, further questions were added to the NATnIMP.


Although the NAT is targeted at LGBT youth groups, other services could also benefit from using it to provide a holistic support package.
Anyone who works with young people and is ikely to come into contact with LGBT young people will benefit from the NAT

In 2005, the Needs Assessment Tool (NAT) was developed.  It is an holistic approach and includes questions about:
coming out, school, hate incidents, homelessness, mental health, alcohol, drugs and smoking, sexual health, isolation and support.