The Mental Health of Young LGBT People

This report was published in August 2017

Young LGBTQ+ people have higher rates of poor mental health, self-harm and suicide than their non-LGBTQ+ counterparts. LGBTQ+ people under 35 are twice as likely to report a mental health problem. This has been confirmed by recent research and a combined meta-analysis of 12 UK population health surveys based on a sample of 94,000 (Semlyen et al. 2016). These young people have specific support needs in developing and recovering good mental health.

The available research on young LGBTQ+ people’s mental health has not previously been
compiled and summarised as it is in this paper. Commissioners and providers have stated that a lack of data and knowledge has been a barrier to providing appropriate support.

This document is designed to provide the data, information and recommendations required to support improved service provision. It should be used by decision makers at national and local levels to evidence the needs of these communities. We expect this review and it’s recommendations to be of particular use to those designing and planning CAMHS and youth services, as well as those working in and with schools.

This document may also be of use to organisations applying for funding to support LGBTQ+ young people. Where local data on young LGBTQ+ people is available, it may be useful to use the data to make comparisons. Where no local data is available, this national data can be used to evidence need.

The Mental Health of Young LGBT People