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One in eight LGBT UK youth have attempted to take their own life in the last year

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.

Stats of self-harm from Stonewall UK report

Stats of self-harm | Photo: Stonewall UK

They also consider their lives less worthy of living than lesbians and gay men.

LGBT people and their opinions of their own lives from Stonewall UK report

LGBT people and their opinions of their own lives | Photo: Stonewall UK

Women on the whole, and especially bisexual women, experience anxiety at higher rates than bisexual and gay men.

Anxiety among LGBT people in Stonewall UK report

Anxiety among LGBT people | Photo: Stonewall UK

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%).

This is similar to past reports, showing bisexual people facing higher struggles of heart disease, access to healthcare, abuse, and rape.

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.

Eating disorders among LGBT people in Stonewall UK report

Eating disorders among LGBT people | Photo: Stonewall UK

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