Oxford University Students Union’s “Mind Your Head” campaign organised a panel event to talk about issues and stigma around mental health issues within the LGBT+ community. Naz & Matt Foundation was invited to be part of the panel and talk about the evidence and real-life experiences our Foundation hears about.
Studies show that LGBT+ people show higher rates of poor psychological health, including high rates of anxiety, depression and suicidal feelings, drug and alcohol misuse, with some patients are reluctant, or not able to disclose their sexuality to healthcare staff. Adding to this ‘Gay Cure Therapy‘ is still available and imposed by some families on their children in effort to ‘cure’ their children of their ‘gayness’.
Matt set up the Naz and Matt Foundation in memory of his soulmate and fiancé, Naz, who passed away two days after being confronted about his sexuality by his religious parents. It was the first time that they knew their son was gay, in a relationship with Matt for 13 years and that they were planning to get married.