Transgender youth and the risk of suicide


The Telethon Kids Institute recently released a study which found transgender youth are at an alarmingly high risk of suicide and serious depression. The Trans Pathways survey, which examined the mental health of young transgenders revealed the following:

 

  • Almost 80% of trans people aged 14-25 years had self-harmed, compared to almost 11% in the general population.
  • 48% attempted suicide, compared to 2.4% of the general population.
  • Trans youth suffer symptoms of depression almost 10 times the rate of the Australian average for young people.
  • They have anxiety disorders 10-13 times the rate of the average Australian young person.


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