The Trevor Project recently released its 2022 survey on the mental health of LGBTQ+ youth.
According to an introduction from Trevor Project CEO & Executive Director Amit Paley, the survey demonstrates that rates of suicidal thoughts have trended upward among LGBTQ young people over the last three years.
These data provide critical insights into some of the unique suicide risk factors faced by LGBTQ youth, top barriers to mental health care, and the negative impacts of COVID-19 and relentless anti-transgender legislation. This research also highlights several ways in which we can all support the LGBTQ young people in our livesand help prevent suicide.
Some of the key findings include that:
45% of LGBTQ youth seriously considered attempting suicide in the past year;
Nearly one in five transgender and non-binary youth attempted suicide, and LGBTQ youth of color reported higher rates than their white peers;
60% of LGBTQ youth who wanted mental health care in the past year were not able to get it; and
LGBTQ youth who felt high social support from their family reported attempting suicide at less than half the rate of those who felt low or moderate social support.
Also, LGBTQ+ youth who wanted mental-health care said they couldn't get it because of reasons ranging from the fear of being outed to the lack of affordability.
See www.thetrevorproject.org/survey-2022/ .