In the past three decades, a growing body of research has demonstrated that people of sexualities other than heterosexual are significantly more likely to experience poor mental health ranging from depression and anxiety to self-harm and suicide.  A new report by the Oasis Foundation now demonstrates, for the first time, how big a role the Church may have played in contributing to tragedy.

26th June 2017
The Church, LGB and mental illness

Through pastoral ministry, proactive outreach and the personal testimonies of team members, volunteers and church attendees, Oasis has become increasingly aware of how the Church’s traditional narrative around sexual identity and same-sex relationships has been destructive to the lives, wellbeing and mental security of people who are lesbian, gay or bisexual.

In the past three decades, a growing body of research has demonstrated that people of sexualities other than heterosexual are significantly more likely to experience poor mental health ranging from depression and anxiety to self-harm and suicide.  Similarly, researchers have been able to link these problems to a sense of ‘societal discrimination’ and a perception of inferiority.  A recent report conducted by the Oasis Foundation - 'In the Name of Love' - however, is the first of its kind to explicitly make the link between local churches’ pastoral practises of discrimination and its substantial contribution to negative attitudes in society, to a reduction of mental health and quality of life in lesbian, gay and bisexual people.

The report can be read and downloaded from the Oasis Foundation website.

AUTHOR:
Gareth Streeter
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