Attributing suicide among LGBTQ to discrimination is over-simplistic and unhelpful

Attributing suicide among LGBTQ to discrimination is over-simplistic and unhelpful

Lgbtq, Suicide

24/1/2022 2:22:00 PM

Attributing suicide among LGBTQ to discrimination is over-simplistic and unhelpful

I read with interest TODAY’s report “Church leaders discuss hurt, trauma faced by LGBTQ people in dialogue session” (Jan 15, 2022) on the Whitehatters dialogue on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer issues.

” (Jan 15, 2022) on the Whitehatters dialogue on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer issues.I would like to respond to the remark made by Pastor Miak Siew about the high rate of suicide and self-harm among the LGBTQ community.He was quoted as saying: “The cause is not (being) LGBTQ in and of itself but the experience of being LGBTQ, that space of being discriminated, that space of being told you are not good enough, that we will reject you."

In my professional opinion as a senior consultant psychiatrist with substantial experience in working with members of this community, this is an unqualified and irresponsible comment by a non-mental health professional.Suicide is a highly complex issue with multiple contributing factors, the combination of which is never the same for any two persons.

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Imagine if you were a jeweler, but you only ever made flat cut pieces. No real dimension to it. Except you called them by the names of other cuts. This is that, but journalism. Shit-tier work. The entire point here seems to be setting up a straw man and demeaning the suffering caused by discrimination. Which is, shall we say, Not A Good Look™️.

Let's end discrimination against gay people anyway. Delete your account. Y’all really went ? Simplistic take. Discrimination causes anxiety, fear, shame, etc. People self medicate to deal with these things. And the LGBTQ community has never said that removing discrimination will fix everything, but it sure as hell fixes a lot!

This article is very poorly written, here's the synopsis: the writer says LGBT suicide rates aren't solely because of discrimination, writer offers no alternative to why. They only say 'I'm a psychiatrist, trust me' while offering no other solution to why LGBT suicide is high This article pretends that everyone claims if discrimination stopped then ALL suicide among LGBTQ+ community would be gone No one is fucking saying this, what we are saying is that if its gone it would DRAMATICALLY DECREASE suicide rates and that claim is backed up by research

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Maybe don’t publish stuff like this, I dunno Who in their right mind would run a piece of garbage like this? Zero likes. That's encouraging This is so great the actual article says “but maybe lgbt communities history of mental illness and substance abuse has something to do with it🤔” fuckin amazing point doc! Why do you think so many queer people are dependent on drugs to exist in a world alongside people like you

Your existence is unhelpful As a practicing psychiatrist myself, I rubuke the author of this garbage. Co-morbid substance abuse and mental health issues are just as attributable to the discrimination young LGBT people face as is suicide. They are not extraneous issues. Let's get rid of anti-queer discrimination first and then you can shut up about it anyway

Liar. Attempting to dismiss the discrimination that is factually contributing to the high suicide rates among LGBT+ people is irresponsible and makes you a shitty person.

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So like, you need to delete this. Heinously irresponsible. We live in a right wing world that is vehemently opposed to anything that doesn't adhere to 'traditionalist values'. Of course it is discrimination. Unhelpful? Let me guess against CRT too? Shame that's the case then, eh? i mean that's what it is.

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Church leaders discuss hurt, trauma faced by LGBTQ people in dialogue session ” (Jan 15, 2022) on the Whitehatters dialogue on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer issues. I would like to respond to the remark made by Pastor Miak Siew about the high rate of suicide and self-harm among the LGBTQ community. He was quoted as saying: “The cause is not (being) LGBTQ in and of itself but the experience of being LGBTQ, that space of being discriminated, that space of being told you are not good enough, that we will reject you." In my professional opinion as a senior consultant psychiatrist with substantial experience in working with members of this community, this is an unqualified and irresponsible comment by a non-mental health professional. Suicide is a highly complex issue with multiple contributing factors, the combination of which is never the same for any two persons. Some of these factors may include the presence of mental illness, substance use, family history, environmental and social factors, among others. An over-simplistic attribution of suicide/self-harm to a single cause of the experience of being discriminated or rejected for identifying as LGBTQ only has the unnecessary and immensely unhelpful effect of the casting of blame and/or inducing guilt in stakeholders involved in LGBTQ issues, regardless of the views they uphold. It also leads to the myth and misunderstanding that if all discrimination and rejection were to be removed from the community, there would be no more suicides. Unfortunately, this does not serve to positively develop the conversation between all parties on LGBTQ issues, which runs counter to the very admirable objective that the non-governmental organisation Whitehatters had. I believe that all who attended the dialogue, and perhaps even more people out there, seek common ground in order to lower the suicide rates in the LGBTQ community. Hence, we should be focusing on practical ways to reach out to and help persons at risk of suicide, instead of casting such uninformed stones that only add an additional layer of sensitivity to an already sensitive topic. Please remember that help is available for anyone experiencing suicidal thoughts. Ensuring that they access the help that they need will save precious lives, and sometimes it does not need professional help to avert the crisis momentarily. It could be as simple as a listening ear, a sense of not being alone, and/or being given a sense of hope for tomorrow. Formal resources for help include the Samaritans of Singapore who have a 24-hour hotline, and the emergency department of any Singapore hospital. ABOUT THE WRITER: Adjunct assistant professor Chan Lai Gwen is a senior consultant psychiatrist at a Singapore public hospital. Related topics