Dr Pavan Joshi
Anyone can experience mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, self-harm, alcohol & drug misuse, and suicide thoughts, but LGBTQIA+ people experience these issues more frequently.
Being LGBTQIA+ does not cause these problems. However, several experiences LGBTQIA+ people have, like discrimination, homophobia or transphobia, social isolation, rejection, and difficulties related to coming-out and social acceptance, can have an impact on their mental health.
In addition to this, unfortunately many South Asian communities have a higher stigma towards mental health difficulties and mental illnesses.
GIN LGBTQIA+ network routinely organises events to support well-being through connections, communication, and activities focussed on well-being, such as ‘Saathi’. For further information on these events, please follow our newsletters and our social media: Meetup, Twitter and Instagram
Helpful resources and references for mental health and wellbeing:
World Health Organisation describes mental health as “a state of mental well-being that enables people to cope with the stresses of life, realise their abilities, learn well and work well, and contribute to their community. It is an integral component of health and well-being that underpins our individual and collective abilities to make decisions, build relationships and shape the world we live in”.
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