Facilitating Mental Health Support for LGBT Forced Migrants: A Qualitative Inquiry

Sarilee Kahn, Edward J. Alessi, Hanna Kim, Leah Woolner, Christina J. Olivieri

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Evidence suggests that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals who flee their countries of origin may arrive in host countries with persecution-related mental health problems. This qualitative study explored facilitators and barriers to mental health care in Canada for forced migrants who are LGBT through the perspectives of 22 service providers and 7 migrants. Using thematic analysis, the authors identified 4 themes: recognizing stigma and shame, accessing competent mental health providers, managing distress/manifesting resilience, and healing through community connections. The authors discuss implications for counseling.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)316-326
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Counseling and Development
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Applied Psychology


  • LGBT
  • forced migrants
  • gateway providers
  • mental health
  • refugees


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