Sexuality and mental health: Issues and what next?

  title={Sexuality and mental health: Issues and what next?},
  author={Gurvinder Kalra and Antonio Ventriglio and Dinesh Bhugra},
  journal={International Review of Psychiatry},
  pages={463 - 469}
Abstract Human sexuality plays a major role in an individual's existence and functioning. In addition, rightly or wrongly sexuality often defines people and also affects social attitudes. These attitudes, if negative, can contribute to stigma and prevent people from help seeking if they are suffering from mental health problems. Recent changes in policy towards same-sex relationships have been positive in many countries including the UK and the USA, whereas in others such as Russia and Uganda… 

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