General and LGBTQ-specific factors associated with mental health and suicide risk among LGBTQ students

This UK study investigated general and LGBTQ-specific factors associated with having a current mental health problem, use of mental health services, suicide risk, and self harm in LGBTQ university students. Factors associated with all four of these mental health outcomes were female gender, sexual abuse, other abuse or violence, and being transgender. Other factors that were significantly associated with one or more of those mental health outcomes included: being bisexual, thinking they were LGBTQ under the age of 10, coming out under the age of 16, not feeling accepted where they live, having no out staff at their institution, and experiencing LGBTQ-related crime.

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