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All is not well: ground-breaking report shows poorer mental health among LGBTI people

21 March 2016

The LGBTIreland Report, being launched today (22nd March) by Dr. Mary McAleese, details the findings of Ireland’s largest ever study of the mental health and wellbeing of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in Ireland. The study was funded by the National Office for Suicide Prevention and undertaken by a team at Trinity College Dublin, led by Professor Agnes Higgins.

The report shows that a majority of LGBTI people aged 26 and over are doing well, report good self-esteem and are proud of their LGBTI identity. However, these positive findings are not shared across all age groups.

The research found that LGBTI people still face considerable barriers to good mental health, including bullying at school, fear of rejection and discrimination, harassment and violence and negative attitudes and stereotypes.

Some of the findings are harrowing, showing higher levels of self-harm and suicidal behaviour among LGBTI teenagers as well as worrying levels of severe and extremely severe stress, anxiety and depression.

Being LGBTI in itself doesn't increase the risk of poor mental health. It's the experience of being bullied, being rejected or being harassed because you are LGBTI that leads to higher levels of self-harm and attempted suicide.

 

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  • Media Release: All is not well: Launch of The LGBTIreland Report

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    The LGBTIreland Report, being launched today (22nd March) by Dr. Mary McAleese, details the findings of Ireland’s largest ever study of the mental health and wellbeing of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in Ireland.
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  • Dr. Mary McAleese speech at launch of The LGBTIreland Report

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    In a powerful speech, Dr Mary McAleese address the 'horryfing' findings of The LGBTIreland Report saying 'we have the chance to make this country the best in the world for LGBTI citizens. It will not happen by chance but by change.'
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  • The LGBTIreland Report: Key Findings

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    Report of the key findings of The LGBTIreland Report: national study of the mental health and wellbeing of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in Ireland.
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  • The LGBTIreland Report

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    The LGBTIreland Report: national study of the mental health and wellbeing of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in Ireland
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Links

National LGBT Helpline

The National LGBT Helpline at 1890 929 539 is available every day. The Helpline's website at www.lgbt.ie has further supports and links to support services across the country.
http://www.lgbt.ie

Video of Dr. Mary McAleese speaking at the launch of The LGBTIreland Report

The solutions 'will come not by chance, but by change'. Former President of Ireland, Dr. Mary McAleese speaking at the launch of The LGBTIreland report
https://youtu.be/-elnSEkbcusFor

"The findings are not acceptable." Irish Times Editorial on The LGBTIreland Report

A powerful Irish Times Editorial on the findings of The Ireland Report. 24th March 2016
http://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/editorial/an-alarming-picture-of-attitudes-confronting-young-lgbt-people-1.2584750