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Research shows that LGBTQ people have higher rates of mental health challenges than the general population. LGBTQ individuals often struggle with depression, anxiety, trauma and self-acceptance as a result of facing ongoing discrimination over their lifetimes. LGBTQ youth are about three to four times as likely to attempt suicide as their peers. Living with these various challenges to their emotional well-being can stimulate anxiety over rejection and abandonment. Read more...
Coming out and opening up about your struggle may not be easy but having support in life is immensely important to a person's mental health and overall well-being. Ongoing movements within the LGBTQ communities have developed alternative means for people to connect, share and heal in meaningful ways such as recreational activities. In case of severe anxiety or depression, it is advisable to seek help from mental health experts.
The popularity of online mental health counseling has increased in the last few years as more people are seeking help but often feel more comfortable doing it. Counseling can also help you learn new coping skills and techniques to better manage the symptoms. There are few mental health counsellors available who provide free online therapy for depression and anxiety.
If you feel depressed, lonely or anxious, it is extremely important to seek help for yourself. In case someone from the community is facing such issues, they can just call Project Arise at 9013 262626 as they have LGBTQ friendly therapists. They are based at Bangalore and provide free online counselling for depression and other mental health issues by experts over calls, to anyone in India or abroad. They provide confidential and non-judgemental services. One can also meet the psychiatrists and psychologists face to face by visiting their centre at Malleshwaram, Bangalore.
Society plays huge role in health and well-being of LGBT individuals. Discrimination, social stigma, marginalization, bullying,isolation and rejection by the society affect their mental health.
For too many LGBT employees, discrimination is a way of life. Usually, they prefer to hide their private lives from clientsand colleagues for fear of homophobia, exclusion or in case they are ignored for valuable promotions.
There is huge role of family acceptance in saving lives of LGBTQ individuals. It brings positivity and encouragement to lead a normal life and face the world.
Opening up about your sexuality is not easy. It is a personal matter. You should do this when you feel ready. Tell your family when you feel comfortable and confident. We all have to accept ourselves first.
True friends don’t judge or discriminate you on any basis. If you don’t have such friends, talk to LGBTIAQ+ support groups to learn more and share your feelings with them. In such situations, they can be your true friends.
It takes a lot of strength and courage to talk to your relatives about your identity. Allow your relatives some time to take the news in. Just like you expect them to be sensitive and understanding; return the favour by being sensitive.
Any kind of discrimination in job hiring is not acceptable. It is up to you if you want to share your identity during the hiring process. Most employers are supportive and encourage LGBTIAQ+ hiring. Reach out to your local NGOs or hiring agencies who work on LGBTIAQ+ placements to guide you if needed.
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