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11/01/2019

High Depression Figures For Trans Community In 2018, According To Survey

Seven in 10 transgender people have suffered from depression in the past year, according to new research by Stonewall Scotland.

The latest research is the result of a YouGov poll of over 1200 LGBT+ people in Scotland, and also found that over half of those considered taking their own life in the past year.

In addition, almost a quarter of those in the community (25%) have heard healthcare staff make negative or discriminatory comments against LGBT+ people.

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"I have experienced repeated expression of prejudiced attitudes towards me by mental health service providers due to me being trans, some in NHS and some in non-NHS services," one respondent wrote.

"Repeatedly being needlessly outed as trans without my consent by NHS professionals, despite being transitioned for over 15 years and having a Gender Recognition Certificate. And repeatedly being asked intrusive and completely irrelevant questions by NHS professionals about my transition and other aspects of being trans."

Another said: "When I attended A&E more than one medical member of staff asked, 'Is this your friend?' when gesturing to my wife. How hard would it be for all staff to ask all patients 'who have you brought with you to hospital today?'"

Stonewall's publication builds on previous research which suggests that LGBT+ people are disproportionately affected by mental health issues.



(JG/CM)

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"Seven in 10 transgender people have suffered from depression in the past year, according to new research by Stonewall Scotland."