Mumbai will soon have their first LGBTQIA support group
In Thane, Mumbai – India, The Institute for Psychological Health (IPH) introduces SAAHAS (Sexuality. Awareness. Acceptance. Health. Support.) – A free therapy support group for individuals who identify as being on the LGBTQIA+ spectrum.
About the organization and support group:
The Institute for Psychological Health (IPH) is a mental health organisation based in Thane. As psychologists committed to the philosophy of ‘mental health for all,’ we recognise that the LGBTQIA+ community in India faces significant challenges. While one’s sexual orientation or gender identity are not mental health concerns, the discrimination and stigma about them may put individuals at risk for mental health issues. At the same time, concerns about being outed, fear of being judged, and concerns related to accessibility and affordability of mental health care, may make it difficult for individuals to seek psychological help. Individuals may feel isolated and alone if there is no supportive family and friend structure.
With the view of addressing these concerns, IPH announces a free support group for individuals who identify as being on the LGBTQIA+ spectrum. This group will meet on the third Sunday of every month. It will be run by two psychologists using LGBTQIA+ affirmative therapy approaches. Our aim is to provide a safe non- judgemental space for individuals to share their concerns, receive therapeutic help, understand and work on their mental health issues, and be a part of a social support network of peers with similar concerns. The group sessions will be held in Thane west.
Recognising the fears and concerns of community members, utmost care will be taken to ensure confidentiality of group members. We would like to meet each individual who wishes to be part of the group face to face (before they join the group) for the purpose of screening, for assessing your needs, and also so that you can meet us and clarify your doubts and concerns.