Some communities are especially vulnerable to poor mental health. This is due to a myriad of social, cultural and environmental factors, limiting their access to proper mental health support systems.
The LGBTQ+ community is one such vulnerable group. 14 (3.5%) indicated that they faced issues related to mental health specific to the LGBTQ+ community.
9 (2.3%) indicated that they have encountered a lack of LGBTQ+ affirming mental healthcare. Apart from suggesting that certain mental healthcare professionals were ignorant of the discrimination faced by the community, some respondents talked about the obvious homophobic behaviour they encountered while seeking treatment for mental health.
13 (3.3%) referenced the “double stigma” faced by the LGBTQ+ community, of dealing with homophobia in society coupled with the stigma against mental illnesses.
6 (1.5%) expressed that they faced issues of confidentiality, particularly with mental healthcare professionals disclosing their gender or sexual orientation to their family members without their consent.
Another vulnerable group are people with impairments, which constitute 8 (2.0%) of our total respondents. Within our consultation, we received 7 responses from respondents on the autism spectrum, with 1 response from a respondent belonging to the Deaf community.
Responses typically refer to the need for Singaporeans to be more understanding of their impairments, indicating that discrimination by others exacerbates their mental health conditions.
Migrant workers are another vulnerable group, given the relative lack of control they possess over their working and living conditions. Within our consultation, we received 2 (0.5%) responses referencing issues with mental health specific to migrant workers.