MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING OF GENDER DIVERSE AND TRANSGENDER YOUNG PEOPLE

October 3, 2014

MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING OF GENDER DIVERSE AND TRANSGENDER YOUNG PEOPLE

A new report has been published by La Trobe University and the University of New England titled "From blues to rainbows: The mental health and wellbeing of gender diverse and transgender young people in Australia."  The report is the first national research report looking at the mental health of gender diverse and transgender young people.  The report surveyed 189 young people and found that half were diagnosed with depression, two thirds had experienced verbal abuse, one in five of the young people had experienced physical abuse and 90% had thought about suicide in response to their experience of physical abuse.  The report found that those gender diverse and transgender young people who were supported by their parents, teachers and peers had half the rate of depression when compared with those young people who did not have this support.

For more information and to read the full report go to La Trobe University's website