A recent study shows that over half of young LGBT people in England have suffered mental health issues, and more than 40 percent have considered suicide through anxiety or depression.
The study’s report suggests a growing concern that schools and health services are failing gay teenagers.
These findings came from the Youth Chances Project; their report was published on Monday 13th January 2014.
This was the largest social research study of England’s young LGBT people, with over 7,000 16-25 year olds participating. Led by the charity Metro young LGBT-identifying people were asked about their experiences of education, employment, relationships and of health services.
Only a quarter of participants in the survey also said they had been taught anything at school about safer sex with a same-sex partner.
Metro’s acting chief executive Dr Greg Ussher said: “We are failing LGBTQ young people. The clear message is that they are badly served. What they want most is emotional support and they are not getting it. He added that if schools failed to act it could lead to a “hugely increased risk of bullying and abuse; isolation and rejection – all leading to significantly increased levels of depression, self-harm and suicide”.
LGBT campaigner Peter Tatchell said that the study “should be a wake-up call for the Education Secretary, Michael Gove”. “Every school should be required to teach sex and relationship education that addresses LGBT issues.”
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