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SADAG: LGBTI community most prone stress, substance abuse

SADAG says this a result of victimisation in the form of hate speech and physical abuse.

A rainbow flag, representing equality for members of the LGBTI community. Picture: Stock.xchng.

CAPE TOWN - A recent survey done by mental health support group South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) shows stress, anxiety and depression affects up to 45 percent of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) community.

July is mental illness awareness month.

The survey found LGBTI people are more prone to suffer from mental health problems, including substance abuse disorders.

SADAG says this a result of victimisation in the form of hate speech and physical abuse.

Local Non-Profit Organisation Right to Care spokesperson Edward Sibanda says, "We know that in our communities, in as much as we have a liberal Constitution in South Africa, we find that in practice it's not happening. We have huge crime; serious human rights abuse against the LGBTI community. We all know about the 'corrective rape' that lesbians endure."