The pandemic has exposed rural communities living on the edge, where persistent inequality acts as a multiplier to social and economic disruption.
These stories of pain are more a norm than an exception when it comes to LGBT people’s interaction with Malaysia’s mental health services. The reality is that our local mental health services are unsafe and poorly equipped to deal with the needs of LGBT people.
The paper concludes with six main areas for recommendations on moving forward with LGBT-friendly mental health services.
“In Malaysia, this has resulted in such surveys capturing approximately 75 percent of men’s economic activities but no more than 30 percent of women’s activities on an international level. This is not reflective of the total labour women do and risk overlooking their impact and contributions to society.”
“There are several problems with MySalam’s existing framework as we know it, but what is of particular concern, is the exclusion of pre-existing conditions.”
Everyone is equally entitled to the rights and protections provided for under Malaysian law and that includes being able to walk about without having to fear being beaten up or subject to physical and mental harm.