Psychiatrists release a position paper on recognising and addressing the mental health needs of the LGBTI population
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) released a position paper earlier this year on recognising and addressing the mental health needs of Australia and New Zealand’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) population.
The RANZCP is concerned that a disproportionate number of Australia and New Zealand’s LGBTI population experience mental illness and psychological distress. Evidence shows that the discrimination and marginalisation experienced by the LGBTI population increases the risk of developing mental health issues, and also creates barriers to accessing supportive services.
This position statement provides an overview of some of the key issues relevant to mental health and LGBTI identity, and makes recommendations for enhancing the mental health sector’s responsiveness to these.
You can read the position paper here