A new report from Stonewall UK reveals startingly statistics regarding mental health among LGBT people.
The LGBT in Britain health report, conducted by YouGov on behalf of Stonewall, shows a stark reality. 5,375 LGBT people from England, Scotland, and Wales responded to the survey between February and April 2017.
A majority of respondents (58%) identify as gay or lesbian, 30% as bisexual, 14% are trans, 2% are straight, and another 9% and 4% said they are questioning their sexuality or gender identity.
Suicide ideation in the community
The report revealed one in eight (13%) of LGBT people aged 18-24 attempted to take their own lives in the last year.
Suicide ideation is worse among marginalized groups within the community.
12% of trans people, for example, made an attempt to take their own life in the last year. Further, 11% of non-binary people; 8% of black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) LGBT people; 8% of disabled LGBT people; and 7% of LGBT people in category C2DE (a lower economic class) have all attempted to take their own lives in the last year.
Over half of all these people (52%) have thought about taking their own lives in the last year.
Bi women and poc face the most struggles
Contending with suicide ideation and mental health problems is highest amongst bisexual women.
On the whole, bisexual people in general are more likely to consider taking their own lives. 41% have thought of it, compared to 28% of lesbian and gay people.
They have also deliberately harmed themselves more in the last year than lesbians and gay men. 28% of bisexual women and 18% bisexual men reported it, compared to 14% of lesbians and half that of gay men.
They also consider their lives less worthy of living than lesbians and gay men.
Women on the whole, and especially bisexual women, experience anxiety at higher rates than bisexual and gay men.
Overall, a majority of LGBT people (61%) reported experiencing anxiety in the last year. The majority of people in the community who have experienced anxiety are bisexual women (72%), non-binary people (79%) and trans people (71%).
LGBT people in lower economic classes also experience more anxiety.
Another mental health-related struggle are eating disorders. LGBTI people of color have struggled more with eating disorders in the last year than white people in the community.
Non-binary and trans people have also experience eating disorders in the last year, at 24% and 19%, respectively.
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Author: Anya Crittenton