On the occasion of World Mental Health Month 2020, UNDP Thailand and Equal Asia Foundation is launching Mental Health of LGBTI+ persons Month with a virtual webinar – a panel discussion, community sharing and roadmap for collaborative action.
The COVID 19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on our region and continues to do so. Besides the mortality and morbidity related to the pandemic, the economic slowdown, poor healthcare responses and lockdowns have resulted in historically marginalized communities including LGBTI+ bearing the brunt of this catastrophic event.
In order to respond effectively to this crisis, we need to adopt an intersectional approach that includes policymakers, healthcare providers, academicians, the profit and the non-profit sector. While there is a need to strengthen the supply side of the mental health ecosystem of LGBTI+ persons, it is also important to work on the demand side by destigmatizing mental health.
We hope that this panel will expand the stakeholder conversation around mental health and allied issues of LGBTI persons in Thailand by bringing together diverse perspectives, experiences and solutions.
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM – Participants logging in to the webinar
10:30 AM 10:40 AM – Welcome participants and objectives of the event (Ryan Figueiredo – Director of Equal AF)
10:40 AM – 10:50 AM – Introductory remarks (Renaud Meyer, Resident Representative – UNDP Thailand)
10:50 AM – 11:45 AM – Panel discussion
Moderated by Peeranee Suparak, SOGIESC and Child Rights Senior Officer, Save the Children
11:45 AM – 12:15 PM – Q & A and reflections (Facilitated by Ravin Ramachandran Nair, EqualAF)
1) Thitiyanun NakphorBoard, member, Asia Pacific Transgender Network (APTN)
2) Ryan Figueiredo, Director, EqualAF
3) Kritipat Chotidhanitsakul, Co Founder of TEAK
4) Priyoth Kittiteerasack -Asst Prof, Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing Dept, Thammasat University
Registration is required to join the zoom webinar. Please follow the link in the poster below to register.
We look forward to everybody participation in this collaborative event and be animated to do more in this space because this is ‘Everyone’s business’.