New research reveals the shocking rating of LGBT self-harming


Gay, lesbian and bisexual young people experience higher rates of depressive symptoms—and are four times more likely to self-harm, according to the study held by led by University College London.The research, which surveyed 4,828 people born in the 1990s, concluded that by the age of 18 LGB people are twice as likely to have clinical depression than straight peers. It found that, at the age of 21, LGB individuals were more than four times as likely to self-harm and attempt suicide. The data, published on Tuesday in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health, also concluded that depressive symptoms increase at a higher rate through adolescence for LGB people than for straight individuals. Some 625 people (13 percent) of individuals in the survey identified with a sexuality other than heterosexuality.


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