Evidence Exchange of LGB&T Statistics

Welcome to the LGF’s Evidence Exchange, an evidence base of statistics about lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) needs and experiences.

Topics range from healthcare to homophobia and schools to safer sex. The evidence base is continuously updated to include new research, and all records include as much information about the statistic as possible.

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44% of transgender participants had self-harmed at some point in their lives, and 11% had self-harmed in the previous twelve months.

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Mental Health: Suicide & Self Harm

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Of the LGBT people who sought support for their self-harming, two thirds saw a psychiatrist or psychologist.

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Mental Health: Suicide & Self Harm

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Of the LGBT people who sought support for their self-harming, over half spoke to friends.

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Mental Health: Suicide & Self Harm

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Of the LGBT people who sought support for their self-harming, over a third spoke to family.

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Mental Health: Suicide & Self Harm

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Over a third of those who were ‘questioning’ or ‘not sure’ about their sexual orientation had self-harmed, whereas two fifths of those who did not identify with these commonly ascribed categories of sexual orientation had self-harmed.

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Mental Health: Suicide & Self Harm

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A greater proportion of bisexual respondents reported that they had self-harmed, with over two fifths having self-harmed at some point.

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Mental Health: Suicide & Self Harm

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LGBT respondents typically began to self-harm during the mid-teenage years, with 16 years being the average age.

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Population Characteristics: Other
Mental Health: Suicide & Self Harm

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8 in 10 LGBT respondents had self harmed by cutting, scratching or self-hitting.

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Mental Health: Suicide & Self Harm

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A third of the LGBT respondents had self harmed by ingesting a substance in excess of prescribed dose.

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Mental Health: Suicide & Self Harm

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A fifth of the LGBT respondents had self harmed by ingesting a recreational or illicit drug/alcohol as a means to harm themselves.

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Mental Health: Suicide & Self Harm

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Female LGBT respondents were almost twice as likely to have self-harmed as males.

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Mental Health: Suicide & Self Harm

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6% of the female LGBT respondents had self-harmed in the last 30 days compared to 1% of male respondents.

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Mental Health: Suicide & Self Harm

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3% of the LGBT respondents had self-harmed in the last 30 days.

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Mental Health: Suicide & Self Harm

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Over 1 in 10 of the LGBT respondents who identified as an 'other' gender had self-harmed in the last 12 months.

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Mental Health: Suicide & Self Harm

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8% of the female LGBT respondents had self-harmed in the last 6 months compared to 2% of male respondents.

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Mental Health: Suicide & Self Harm

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1 in 10 of the female LGBT respondents had self-harmed in the last 12 months compared to 4% of male respondents.

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Mental Health: Suicide & Self Harm

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Two fifths of the female LGBT respondents had self-harmed compared to one fifth of the male LGBT respondents.

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Mental Health: Suicide & Self Harm

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Over half of the LGBT respondents who identified as an 'other' gender had self-harmed.

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Mental Health: Suicide & Self Harm

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Just under 1 in 10 of the LGBT respondents who identified as an 'other' gender had self-harmed in the last 6 months.

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Mental Health: Suicide & Self Harm

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Of the LGBT respondents who know longer self-harmed, the average length of time they had self-harmed for was 4.5 years.

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Mental Health: Suicide & Self Harm

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