Mental Health Issues among LGBTI Teenagers living in Western Australia.edited.docx

Mental Health Issues among LGBTI Teenagers living in Western Australia.edited.docx

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Running head: MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES AMONG LGBTI TEENAGERS 1 Mental Health Issues among LGBTI Teenagers living in Western Australia Student name Institutional affiliation
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MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES AMONG LGBTI TEENAGERS 2 Overview Members of the LGBTI community are known for facing high levels of stigma, prejudice, and discrimination as opposed to their peer. Most of these issues have mental outcomes for the demographic. Although a most member of the LGBTI community lives healthy lives, a proportion of them is at risk suicide due to the abuse of being LGBTI. The current worldwide reports indicate that Trans people have the highest rates of suicide among the group. They are likely to experience social seclusion and abuse. Various researches have pointed out that mental health issues are the most significant contributors to suicidal behavior. Many of the LGBTI community members have cited concerns of a mental breakdown due to psychological distress and feeling unsafe. The notable rates result from the lack of inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity in most of the social policies ( Scourfield et al., 2008). Data from various evidence-based policing show that exclusion leads to inaccuracies leading to underestimation of the lives of the LGBTI. The individuals become invisible to matters of mental health and suicide mitigation programs. According to the Australian national evidence, there are small scale studies that target the LGBTI leading to inaccuracies in gathering data on the wellbeing of the individuals. While the LGBTI community can be seen as a generalized acronym for sexual orientation, they can be looked at individually. The LGBTI are distinct in history and health needs. Statistics that generalize the group falls short at addressing those that are highly vulnerable in the community. Transgender and intersex are highly underrepresented in most of the campaigns that target their wellbeing. The National LGBTI Health Alliance is often criticized for offering little uniformity in target populations. Demographic information can be used to drive mental health concerns in comparison to the LGBTI community. Although Australia is making significant strides towards marriage equality, the topic of sexual orientation and gender identity is fickle. Recently, issues to do with conversion therapy and anti-discriminatory laws have focused on divisive debates that put the members of the LGBTI at harm’s way. Mental health is most inadequate among the members of the LGBTI. Most of the individual come to terms with their sexual preference during puberty. There has been a growing number of teenagers who identify Trans and intersex. However, they face significant stigma even from the other members of the LGBTI. It doesn’t read well when they are confronted by stigma from the very community that pretends to protect and care about them. The LGBTI have a history of being victimized, sexually harassed, verbally, and physically abused. This has long term effects on the development they prepare for adult
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