Many LGBTQ Youth Suffer From Mental Health Woes
TUESDAY, July 21, 2020 (HealthDay News) – Up to 40% of LGBTQ youth and more than half of transgender and non-binary youth have considered suicide in the past year, according to a new report.
Additionally, one in three LGBTQ youth said they had been threatened or harmed because of their gender identity, researchers from the nonprofit Trevor Project found in their 2020 National Survey of LGBTQ Youth Mental Health.
“This survey – the largest ever to examine the mental health of LGBTQ youth – provides essential information about the lives of LGBTQ youth and risk factors for suicide,” said Amit Paley, CEO and CEO of the organization.
“We know that a one-size-fits-all approach to suicide prevention doesn’t work; the need for solid research, systematic data collection and comprehensive mental health support has never been greater,” Paley added in a statement. release of the Trevor Project.
According to the report, 46% of respondents wanted help from a mental health professional, but couldn’t get it in the past year.
In addition, transgender and non-binary youth whose pronouns were respected attempted suicide half as much as those whose pronouns were not respected.
The survey, released on July 15, included more than 40,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (or queer) youth.
Most of the respondents had symptoms of anxiety disorder and major depressive disorder (68% and 55%, respectively). And nearly half said they had harmed themselves in the past year, including six in 10 transgender and non-binary youth.
The survey also found that 10% of LGBTQ youth had undergone conversion therapy, and nearly eight in 10 said it happened when they were under 18.
Those who took conversion therapy attempted suicide more than twice as often as those who did not, according to the results.
A significant proportion of the young people interviewed had been expelled or had run away from their homes because of their gender identity.
Over 40% of LGBTQ youth said they couldn’t get mental health care because they were concerned about parental permission.
Almost 50% of transgender and non-binary youth did not receive mental health care because they were concerned about “the LGBTQ competence of providers”.
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