- And young trans men are at even more risk.
Well over a quarter (29%) of trans and non-binary youth have attempted suicide in the last year.
Meanwhile 54% have seriously considered suicide.
And young trans men are at even more risk. 62% have considered suicide and 35% have attempted suicide in the past 12 months alone.
Those are the major findings of a new study by US LGBT+ crisis intervention and suicide prevention charity, The Trevor Project.
The study will come out in the Pride month edition of the Journal of Adolescent Health in June.
The Trevor Project found that trans and non-binary young people are even more vulnerable than other lesbian, gay and bi youths.
They are between twice as likely and 2.5 times as likely to suffer ‘depressive symptoms’, seriously consider suicide or attempt suicide.
Meanwhile researchers found 78% of trans and non-binary young people have suffered discrimination because of their gender identity.
Moreover, 30% said someone had threatened them or physically harmed them in the past year.
But even among trans and non-binary young people, trans men stand out.
They are slightly more likely to have a depressive mood – 86% of trans guys compared to 83% of all trans and non-binary youths.
However they are far more likely to consider or attempt suicide.
Dr Amy Green is director of research at The Trevor Project. She said:
‘Prior to this study, there was a clear lack of research on the differences in mental health and suicidality within different sub-groups of LGBTQ youth.
‘These results underscore that transgender and nonbinary youth are particularly vulnerable to poor mental health outcomes and suicide risk compared to their cisgender peers within the LGBTQ community.
‘Furthermore, they show how LGBTQ-based discrimination and victimization contribute to these increased mental health disparities.’
Trans youth need safe spaces
The Trevor Project says the research shows that experts should deliver intervention programs specifically for trans and non-binary youths. At the moment, most interventions are generic for all LGBT+ people.
Dr Myeshia Price-Feeney, a research scientist at The Trevor Project, said:
‘We hear from trans youth in crisis every day and we understand the detrimental impacts discrimination and harassment can have on their mental health and well-being.
‘We hope this data will encourage more robust nationwide data collection on LGBTQ youth mental health, and that policymakers and health care providers will use these insights to create policies and safe spaces that protect and affirm trans youth everywhere.’
Help when you need it
The Trevor Project’s helpline is available 24/7 for anyone who is feeling hopeless or suicidal on 1-866-488-7386.
Meanwhile there is LGBT+ help for people who need it all around the world. Check out this global list of resources.