Transgender young people are at a extraordinarily high risk of suicide and are about 10 times more likely than other young Australians to experience serious depression and anxiety, according to a nation-wide survey.
The Trans Pathway survey – the largest conducted into the mental health of young trans people in Australia – also shows they are more likely to face homelessness.
Dr Ashleigh Lin, a research fellow at the Telethon Kids Institute and the University of Western Australia says the survey findings should act as an ‘urgent’ call to action for the government, health professionals and general public to become better educated on transgender diversity.
‘We feel very strongly about the findings of the survey, we don’t feel there’s been enough work on the mental health of trans young people and really if we look at the rate of suicide attempts, one in two is a horrifying statistic,’ Dr Lin said.
More than 850 trans and gender diverse young people aged 14 to 25 and nearly 200 parents and guardians of trans young people took part in the anonymous online survey.
They were asked a wide range of questions relating to mental health and their experiences accessing medical and mental health services.
Three out four had been diagnosed with depression or anxiety by a health professional – 10 times higher than experienced by adolescents in the general Australian population – and 22 per cent reported an eating disorder.
Nearly 80 per cent reported self-harming behaviour, while nearly half (48 per cent) had attempted suicide – six times higher than the general adolescent population.
Those who had self-harmed or attempted suicide were more than…
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