LGBT students don’t receive necessary help during education, study shows

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French students work on the test of Philosophy as they take the baccalaureat exam (high school graduation exam) on June 18, 2012 at the Pasteur high school in Strasbourg, eastern France. Some 703.059 candidates are registered for the 2012 session. The exam results will be announced on July 6, 2012. AFP PHOTO / FREDERICK FLORIN (Photo credit should read FREDERICK FLORIN/AFP/GettyImages)

Campus mental health services are colleges and universities in the United States are inaccessible for the students identifying as gay, lesbian or bisexual. Researchers found that LGBQ students were more likely to need on-campus counselling services in comparison to straight ones, but they are forced to seek help somewhere else. The findings, taken from a survey of 33,220 students across 33 colleges and universities conducted by the California Mental Health Services Authority, suggests that gay and bisexual students are unable to receive the necessary help in their own campuses. “There may be opportunities for college campuses to dig into this and see if there are things that they could be doing to make services more welcoming and available to LGBQ students,” said senior author Dr. Bradley Stein, of the RAND Corporation in Pittsburgh, to Reuters. Trans students were not included because their mental health problems are unique and differ a lot from the rest of the community
but it also requires changes.

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