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04 OCT 2012
GCN - Trans Survey Reveals 40 Percent Attempt Suicide
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A survey conducted on the mental health and well-being of members of the trans community has revealed that 40 percent of respondents had attempted suicide during their lives.
The Trans Mental Health and Well-being Survey was conducted in Ireland and the UK between June and August 2012. The project was a partnership between trans community members, researchers at Sheffield Hallam University, and the Scottish Transgender Alliance, Trans Resource and Empowerment Centre, and TransBareAll.
Among the findings of the survey: 78% of trans respondents said they had thought about ending their life, with 63% of respondents saying they thought about attempting suicide in the last year.
40% of respondents said they had attempted suicide in their life. 12% attempted once, 22% attempted 2-5 times and 6% attempted suicide more than 5 times.
"These are very disturbing statistics," said TENI Director Broden Giambrone. "Trans people are part of the fabric of Irish society - we pay taxes, go to school, have families. Yet many of us feel excluded and there is still significant stigmatisation and marginalisation of trans people."
"Despite a High Court ruling, Ireland is one of the last countries in the European Union that does not allow trans people to be legally recognised in their preferred gender. The lack of legal gender recognition means that trans people are invisible in the eyes of the Irish State which makes us even more vulnerable."
"This situation requires immediate action on the part of our community, policy-makers, service providers and educators."
“81% of respondents thought about or attempted suicide more before transition. For many people, the process of coming out or medical transition brought significant relief," added Giambrone.