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In response to the Scottish Government’s petition on ending conversion therapy, the Mental Health Foundation in Scotland submitted this response:
“The Mental Health Foundation supports the action called for in petition PE1817 to ban the provision or promotion of LGBT+ conversion therapy in Scotland. That is a full and effective ban on practices that demonstrate an assumption that any sexual orientation or gender identity is inherently preferable to any other, and which attempts to bring about a change of sexual orientation or gender identity and/or seeks to suppress an individual’s expression of sexual orientation identity on that basis.
“There is widespread evidence available which highlights the harmful long-term effects on mental well-being associated with undergoing conversion therapy practices. Mental health professionals should be committed to reducing discrimination and social inequality, not adding to it by engaging in practices that harm LGBT+ mental health. We, therefore, oppose unethical, flawed and unfounded attempts to “cure” sexuality or gender identity.”
- Toni Guigliano, Senior Policy and Public Affairs Manager
LGBTIQ+ people: statistics
Mental health problems such as depression, self-harm, alcohol and drug abuse and suicidal thoughts can affect anyone, but they’re more common among people who are LGBTIQ+.
Pride, being gay and the effects on my mental health
Pride is both a celebration of what has been achieved and a rally for the fights yet to be won – both at home and abroad. But despite civil rights advances across the world, this Pride month has been one of the most confrontational of the past 20 years, with considerable pushback from those who wish to see our rights curtailed.