The group discussions have gathered many local stories, insights, obstacles, challenges from the Philippines, Lebanon, Palestine, Mongolia, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Singapore. Most agreed that for mental health care, LGBTIQ people should come seeking advice and help from people who understand them. However it then came back to the issue in China: there are not enough trained psychologists and psychiatrists.
The sharing from the situation in Thailand revealed that most people think homosexuality is not an illness, however most still have limited understanding and many misunderstandings. People accept LGBTIQ but don’t understand and don’t seem to make any effort to understand.
The workshop ended with the inspiring question "how do you convince LGBTIQ people to go to psychologists or psychiatrists for mental health problems?". (Lana Tran)
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