Mental Health Resources in Singapore

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What is Conversion Therapy?

Conversion therapy is any attempt to change a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression using psychological or spiritual interventions. using psychological or spiritual interventions. It is also known as “Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Change Efforts” (SOGICE).

It may also be referred to using terms like:

  1. Sexual Re-Definition Therapy
  2. Reparative Therapy
  3. “Changing an alternate lifestyle or sexual preference”
  4. “Healing sexual and relational brokenness”
  5. “Issues of sexual brokenness”
  6. Sexual Attraction Fluidity Exploration in Therapy (SAFE-T)
  7. “Eliminating, reducing or decreasing frequency or intensity of unwanted Same-Sex Attraction (SSA)”
  8. Sexual reorientation efforts
  9. “Promoting healthy sexuality”
  10. Addressing sexual addictions and disorders
  11. Sexuality counseling
  12. “Encouraging relational and sexual wholeness”

The American Psychological Association states that harassment and abuse, as well as pressure from family, peers, and religious groups ignorant about and prejudiced against homosexuality, may cause high levels of emotional stress for LGBTQIA+ people. These pressures may lead people to feel forced into attempting to change their sexual orientation or gender identity.
(Source: Wikipedia)

Such practices have been rejected by every mainstream medical and mental health organization for decades, but due to continuing discrimination and societal bias against LGBTQIA+ people, some practitioners continue to conduct such practices.

(Source: Human Rights Campaign)

“We once thought it was impossible to embrace our sexual orientation or sexual identity as an intrinsic, healthy part of who we are and who we were created to be. We know better now.”

— Open letter by former ex-gay leaders

Openly LGBTQIA+ Affirming Mental Health Resources

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(Individual experiences may vary with different staff & volunteers in these agencies)

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