APCOM Calls for Better Mental Health Services for Young Gay & Transgender People

Published: October 9, 2014


Bangkok, Thailand, 9 October 2014 – Young gay men and transgender people in Asia and the Pacific face high levels of depression, isolation and anxiety that can often lead to self-harm including suicide, and increased vulnerability to HIV, The Asia Pacific Coalition on Male Sexual Health (APCOM) said today.
To mark World Mental Health Day, APCOM called on policy-makers in the region to urgently prioritise providing more and better support services, counseling and information for these young people.
“Asia and the Pacific has one of the largest populations of men who have sex with men and transgender people in the world, but effective mental health support services are lacking in many countries,” said APCOM Executive Director Midnight Poonkasetwattana.
A recent report, “The Hidden Dimension (link is external)”, released by APCOM-supported Youth Voices Count (YVC) says that to date, many programmes have failed to address self-stigma. The report was based on research and surveys in 10 countries: Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Laos, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.

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