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The challenge to sexual minorities and accessing mental health

Updated: Aug 8, 2023

A challenge here in Japan has been the battle for equal rights by sexual minorities. However, this is mirrored in increasing challenges in other countries too. Sexual minorities deal with higher psychological distress, unmet mental health needs, and barriers to mental health care (Spengler et al., 2023). The article by Spengler et al (2023) highlights the difficulties of sexual minorities in addressing their mental health needs. This is an area that mental health services in Japan also have to consider. At North Tokyo Counseling we support the needs of sexual minorities in Japan.


The article can be found here.


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Spengler, E. S., Tierney, D., Elledge, L. C., & Grzanka, P. R. (2023). Beyond the individual: Sexual minority help-seeking and the consequences of structural barriers. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 70(2), 133-145. (133)

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