07:23pm Sunday 19 January 2020

Mental health crisis looming for young gay people

CrisisThe Youth Chances project of 16-25 year olds found that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people face high levels of discrimination and disadvantage and are suffering much higher rates of depression, anxiety, self-harm and suicidal thoughts. It also warns that a generation of LGBT people face a mental health crisis, and that schools not tackling LGBT issues contributes to a climate of hostility and fear.

Funded by the Big Lottery Fund, the charity has surveyed over 7,000 LGBTQ 16-25 year olds to ask about their experiences of education, employment, health services, their community and relationships. It is the biggest social research study into young LGBT people undertaken in England

The report has received extensive media coverage this week, including pieces in the Independent (pictured), BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat, Nursing in Practice and Metro.

Story by Public Relations

University of Greenwich.

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