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  1. Tom Muyunga-Mukasa
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    The points raised in the report are important and the remark you made “While individuals from the LGBT community are likely to experience a mental health condition at three times the rate, the chances of suffering from a major depression are twice as high as that of the general population,” is informative. It is true there is vulnerability and susceptibility faced by LGBTIQ+ Identifying or Transitioning Persons. ” I agree with you “the risk of a mental health condition, such as depression, anxiety disorders, or post-traumatic stress disorder” are higher in this demography. It manifests as: Fear of engaging in community activities; a barrier to agency, autonomy and self determination; it leads to engaging in habits such as alcohol,, drug and substance abuse which lead to disorders; it leads to less productivity and hence destabilized life. These and more manifestations have led to poor self esteem and self confidence. But, all is not lost! Some of the ways to overcome this have been devised by many LGBTIQQ-led organizations. The LGBTIQQ Social Support or Mutual Aid Groups do a commendable job. Whereas the services at their disposal are basic, they nevertheless, have tailored, mobilized and appropriated mechanisms addressing traumas and vulnerabilities. These organizations have shown that resilience like gender spectrum is expansive. This report is evidence that there are many ways to address stress, depression. Telling one’s own story leveraged against a backdrop of social contexts shows a new norm. There are various LGBTIQQ Organizations using this approach. Thanks for sharing.

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