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Anti-gay discrimination & LGBT mental health

The run-up to the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi this month (Feb 2014) has been dominated by strong criticism of Russia’s anti-gay laws, highlighting that discrimination of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people is still all too common in many communities around the world. 

One in four people will suffer from a mental health problem at some point in their life, and rates of depression and anxiety are even higher amongst LGBT people. In this podcast, Dr Qazi Rahman, from the Department of Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry (IoP) at King’s College London, discusses the effect of discrimination on mental health in LGBT people, and what can be done to address it. 

Dr Rahman is Senior Lecturer at the IoP at King’s, whose research focuses on the psychobiology of human sexual orientation and LGBT mental health. With Dr Kate Rimes he is developing a research programme investigating factors which promote distress in LGBT individuals, with the aim of developing better psychological interventions to enhance the well-being of LGBT people. 

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