Martin Whitfield MSP has welcomed the launch of Scotland’s first-ever conversion practices helpline, a new support service for people who have experiences, are experiencing, or might experience conversion practices in Scotland.

Launched at Pride Edinburgh on 24th June, the helpline is run by LGBT Health and Wellbeing. The charity was established in 2003 and works to improve the health, wellbeing and equality of LGBTQ+ people in Scotland.

As well as launching the helpline, LGBT Health and Wellbeing have also created a toolkit of assets to help spread the word about the support available through it. The toolkit includes a range of posters, illustrations, and social posts along with suggested copy.

Commenting, Martin Whitfield MSP said:

“Conversion practices aim to change a person’s sexuality or gender identity. It leaves people feeling broken, lost and confused.

“I welcome the launch of this new helpline and the vital support it will provide. If you think you have experienced conversion practices either in the past or are experiencing it now, LGBT Health and Wellbeing are here to listen. You can call the helpline for free on 0800 464 7000.”

The helpline is available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (12pm-9pm) and Sundays (1pm-6pm). The service can also be contacted via email at

Find out more about the helpline and LGBT Health and Wellbeing’s wider work at