Mental health practitioners and participants of MHI's Queer Affirmative Counselling Practice (QACP) cohort have produced a massive body of resources to understand more about queer affirmative mental health and other issues important for the LGBTQI++ community.

You're urged to scroll through these rich nuggets of information and insights to learn more about queer lives, issues and mental health.

PRIDE MONTH 2020

Globally Pride Month is a solemn reminder of the Stonewall riots that took place on June 28, 1969 in Manhattan, United States, that is said to have sparked the queer rights movement in the US. Pride Month is witness to a variety of events and activities planned at various levels across the world. MHI's QACP cohort of mental health practitioners have been active in the past month participating in important talks, podcasts, and writing engaging articles. You can find more about this below. Feel free to read and share widely in your networks.

NOTHING TO CURE

Despite the reading down of Sec 377 in September 2018, a range of unethical mental practices continue against LGBTQI++ people. These serve to perpetuate shame, discrimination and trauma on queer-trans people. This has to stop. The community has been raising its voice against conversion treatment for decades but this time the mental health community also joined in. MHPs from the QACP cohort launched a public petition urging MHPs and MH organizations to publicly reject practices such as conversion therapy to commemorate IDAHOBIT 2020. Over 1500+ signed the petition and several MH organizations and associations have published public statements against conversion therapy and other anti queer-trans practices. You can read more about this advocacy initiative below.

THERAPY & PEER SUPPORT

The LGBTQIA+ community faces unique stressors and challenges from living in a queernegative society. To address these formal, professional counselling services that are queer affirmative will be useful. Reach out to a mental health practitioner who is certified by QACP.

Access to peer support groups and queer-friendly collectives are very important for LGBTQIA+ persons seeking support. Please find here links to such spaces that have been providing a range of support services to the LGBTQI++ community. Some of these have partnered with MHI on our Peer Support Practice trainings.