Top Psychiatrist Calls For “Radical Solutions” To Address Mental Illness In LGBT Community

FINALLY someone who gets it. I’m sure, though, that politicians will continue to ignore information like this when they can find their own psychiatrist who will vehemently deny what Professor Bhugra is saying. Or will just flat out ignore him.

Politicians have a “moral and ethical responsibility” to drastically alter laws and policies in order to reduce psychiatric disorders among sexual minorities, says Professor Dinesh Bhugra, president of the World Psychiatric Association.

In an exclusive interview at BuzzFeed News’ London office, Bhugra, a former president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, called for “radical solutions” to combat the high levels of mental illness among the LGBT population, describing the “clear correlation between political and social environments” and how persecutory laws against LGBT people are leading to greater levels of depression, anxiety, self-harm, and suicide.

A number of studies this year have highlighted the disproportionate levels of mental illness among LGBT people. In Britain, one of the world’s most legally equal countries for this community, research in the last few months has revealed that LGBT people are nearly twice as likely to have attempted suicide or harmed themselves, gay men are more than twice as likely to have a mental illness than heterosexual men, and 4 in 5 transgender people have suffered depression in the last five years.

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