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[Need to offer] Support for LGBTQ youth (The Lancet)

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Mark Platt
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[Need to offer] Support for LGBTQ youth (The Lancet)
Posted on: February 1 2014, 05:53 pm

A worrying finding, and one which probably reads to experiences that lead to many HIV diagnosis in gay men and MSM.

Growing up is never easy, but perhaps especially so for children who realise their sexuality or gender identity is different from most around them. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ) ideation and activity can start by age 13 years, according to Youth Chances—a 5 year project to survey the experiences of LGBTQ youth in England—which reported its first results last week.

To date, 7000 16—25 year olds, including more than 6500 LGBTQ youth, have participated in the study by the charity Metro, the University of Greenwich, and the management consultancy Ergo Consulting. The results are concerning. Nearly half of LGBTQ youth surveyed reported having experienced harassment or threats and almost a quarter physical abuse. 42% of the LGBTQ group reported seeking medical help for depression and anxiety compared with 29% of heterosexual non-transgender youth. More than half of LGBTQ respondents reported self-harming now or in the past compared with 35% of heterosexual non-trans youth. And 44% of LGBTQ reported ever having thought about suicide compared with 26% of heterosexual non-trans respondents. The survey also found that schools in particular were fearful and hostile environments for LGBTQ youth and failed badly in educational, emotional, and health information and support.

See: http://www.youthchances.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/YC_REPORT_FirstFindings_2014.pdf
And: http://www.rcgp.org.uk/news/2014/january/gps-make-youth-mental-health-a-priority.aspx
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