Thursday, February 9, 2023

Discrimination and family rejection harm the mental health of the LGBT+ community

rejected of families, discrimination Those who are victimized in workplaces, school places and public places are the main triggers of victimization for a person from the LGBT+ community depressionWorry, and in worst cases, decide to take your own life, explained Tiago Ventura, LGBT+ community activist and president of the Sinaloa+ Inclusive Federation.

“These discriminations further exacerbate depressive signs which, in the worst cases, can eventually lead to people taking their own lives in attempts on their own lives,” he said.

according to National Survey on Sexual Diversity and Gender (ENDISEG) 2021Mexico is home to 5 million people aged 15 years and older who identify themselves with a non-normative or non-traditional sexual orientation and/or gender identity (SOGI), ie the LGBT+ population.

Read more: What does the LGBT+ community demand?

Of these 5 million people who identify themselves as LGBT+ population, 26.7% have ever thought about suicide and 14.2% have tried to do so. This way, 1.4 million people in the LGBT+ community aged 15 and over have thought or attempted suicide,

Tiago Ventura commented that the Sinaloa + Inclusive Association wants to give free assistance to the channel in the event that someone approaches them with signs of depression.

In the cases he has dealt with, he has found that family rejection closely related to the mental health problems suffered by people in LGBT+ Community,

The National Survey on Sexual Diversity and Gender indicates that of LGBT+ people who have thought or attempted suicide, the majority (57.2%) are due to family or relationship problems, 20.3% due to problems at school and 19.1% due to health. problem due to

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Source: INEGI

“Usually, they come with very clear signs of discrimination or they are experiencing a very complex stage in their life in terms of recognition of their identity, in terms of acceptance in the family center, in terms of sexual orientation. due to job loss, discrimination in the workplace or even when they are diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection or HIV,” Ventura said.

He said that rejection and discrimination towards the LGBT+ community also lead to an increase in the consumption of substances harmful to health.

According to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the LGBT+ population presents high rates of psychoactive substance use compared to the general population.

“Even making them throw up, leading them to consume substances that are injurious to health, unregulated drugs and even drugs,” Ventura said.

These problems of addictions and depression are often exacerbated by the LGBT+ population’s lack of a culture of medical care, as they generally do not go to health centers and hospitals. fear of being rejected and discriminated against by health workersworker mentioned.

This fact has been addressed by World Health Organization (WHO) who pointed to the disparity that exists in medical care for the LGBT+ community and people with heterosexual or normative sexual orientation and/or gender identity (SOGI).

The WHO noted in a 2011 report that “there is little scientific evidence”.Pervasive stigma against homosexuality and ignorance about gender identity in established society and health care systems.

In their study, WHO found high rates of depression, anxiety, tobacco use, alcohol abuse, psychoactive substance use, suicide and suicidal ideation as a result of chronic stress, social isolation and disconnection from health services.

An example of this disconnect is that lesbian or bisexual women use preventive health services less frequently than heterosexual women, so they may be at higher risk of obesity or breast cancer.

Furthermore, according to this study, transgender people are less likely to have health insurance than heterosexual or LGB (lesbian, gay and bisexual) people.

Read more: Schools hostile to LGBTI students: UNESCO

Tiago Ventura pointed out that, in order to end the problem of depression, suicide and addictions in the LGBT+ community, different types should be taken into account, such as:

  • Create awareness in society to attack the discrimination, harassment and rejection faced by LGBT+ people.
  • Have more sources of information and data on the topic of addictions and mental health in LGBT+ populations to build support programs.
  • Guarantee the dignified treatment of health workers towards LGBT+ people, so that they are not afraid to go to medical facilities.

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