Barriers and facilitators to professional mental health help-seeking behavior: Perspective of Malaysian LGBT individuals

May Kyi Zay Hta, Cai Lian Tam, Su Yi Au, Germaine Yeoh, Ming Mei Tan, Zheng Yang Lee, Vee Vian Yong

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    This qualitative study explored the facilitators and barriers influencing professional mental health help-seeking among Malaysian LGBT young adults (n = 28). The main barriers identified were internal resistance, lack of resources and information about mental health, limited availability and accessibility to services, negative perception of mental health services, and stigma against LGBT communities. The facilitators were self-awareness, having resources and information, accessibility or availability of mental health services, and positive attitudes and beliefs about these services. Perspectives from our participants strongly highlight the requirement of culturally competent practices and LGBT-affirmative policies for better provision of mental health services among the LGBT communities.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)38-58
    Number of pages21
    JournalJournal of LGBT Issues in Counseling
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2021


    • Barriers
    • facilitators
    • help-seeking
    • LGBT
    • Malaysia
    • mental health

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