Virtual counselling for LGBTQIA+ community

Virtual counselling for LGBTQIA+community is vital

COVID-19 has taken a toll on the mental health of many people. However, it’s especially impacted the mental well-being of the LGBTQIA+ community. Psychiatrist Parul Tank examines the need for virtual counselling for the LGBTQIA+ community.

Virtual counselling for LGBTQIA+ community is vital

Many members of the LGBTQIA+ community have had no access to support groups during the pandemic. Here’s weighing in on the reasons why they need access to virtual counselling to assist them through these turbulent times.

  • Travel restrictions have denied them access to support groups

Some members of the LGBTQIA+ community who have still not come out about their sexuality, now are struggling with self doubt and anxiety. This is mainly because of the travel restrictions in place due to the pandemic. As a result many do not have access to support groups. These would otherwise be there for them, helping them accept themselves and their sexual orientation.

  • Financial insecurity has added to their anxiety

Due to COVID-19, and the subsequent lockdown many businesses were impacted. As a result, many people have lost their jobs.

Financial independence is an anchor. It gives people the confidence to come out to society. This has been taken away due to the current situation. Many members of the LGBTQIA+ community are struggling financially, and this has increased their stress and anxiety levels.

  • Grappling with social taboos and societal expectations

Some of the members of the community have been forced to move back home. They are now struggling with social taboos and societal expectations. It’s especially hard where there is no emotional support from the family.

  • No room to be yourself 

Many from the community are grappling with self isolation as they cannot meet their partner. Misunderstandings and doubts have added to their anxiety levels. They are dealing with a lot of questions about their sexual identity and relationship status.

Battling body image and mental health issues

Many face self doubt and body issues because of years of bullying. They even struggle with stress, anxiety and depression.

Parul believe that if there is awareness about these issues among the community, they will be more open to seek help. That’s where virtual counselling can help.

It can address these issues, and normalise the process of identifying as queer. It also helps one deal with the emotions associated with the process of acceptance.