Some studies for reference on rates and potential factors:
From National Library of Medicine (2022): “Data indicate that 82% of transgender individuals have considered killing themselves and 40% have attempted suicide, with suicidality highest among transgender youth.”
From UCLA School of Law, Williams Institute – “Suicide Thoughts and Attempts Among Transgender Adults” (2015)
- “For example, transgender adults have a prevalence of past-year suicide ideation that is nearly twelve times higher, and a prevalence of past-year suicide attempts that is about eighteen times higher, than the U.S. general population.”
- 98% of respondents who had experienced four instances of discrimination and violence in the past year thought about suicide that year. 51% of them attempted suicide.
- 13% of respondents who had been denied equal treatment because they are transgender reported suicide attempts in the past year. 6% of those who had not experienced such treatment reported past-year attempts.
- 11% of respondents who had been rejected from their families reported past-year suicide attempts. 5% of those who had not experienced such rejection reported attempts in the past year.
- 30% of respondents who were physically attacked in a public place reported attempting suicide in the past year. 7% of those who were not similarly attacked reported past-year attempts.
- 9% of respondents who wanted but did not receive gender-affirming care reported past-year suicide attempts. 5% of those who wanted and received gender-affirming care reported attempts in the past year.
From The Trevor Project’s 2022 Annual Survey:
LGBTQ youth who wanted mental health care but were unable to get it cited the following top ten reasons:
- Fear of discussing mental health concerns (48%)
- Concerns with obtaining parent/caregiver permission (45%)
- Fear of not being taken seriously (43%)
- Lack of affordability (41%)
- Fear of care not working (34%)
- Fear of being outed (29%)
- Fear of my identity being misunderstood (26%)
- Concerns with receiving virtual care at home (23%)
- Lack of transportation options (21%)
- Lack of parent/caregiver permission (20%)
Suicide attempt rate by community acceptance of LGBTQ people:
- “Very unaccepting” – 21%
- “Somewhat unaccepting” – 17%
- “Somewhat accepting” – 13%
- “Very accepting” – 8%
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