Raising awareness on the LGBTI people — Helen Clark

Source: The Malay Mail Online

MAY 17 — This year’s International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia focuses on raising awareness of the mental health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people.

The global burden of disease from mental disorders is rising. Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and is a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease. The lifetime prevalence of suicide attempts in gay/bisexual males is about four times that of comparable heterosexual males.

Research has shown conclusively that LGBT individuals show higher than expected rates of psychiatric disorders, but once their rights and equality are recognised these rates begin to drop.

There is growing recognition worldwide that same-sex sexual orientation and diverse gender identity and expression are not mental or physical disorders. Yet, many millions of LGBTI individuals around the world continue to face widespread stigma and discrimination, and many suffer violence and oppression.

This is cause for action. We can and we must do more. Read more