Nearly Half of U.S. LGBTQ Youth Have Seriously Considered Attempting Suicide in the Past Year
A new survey from The Trevor Project shows LGBTQ youth in the U.S. continue to consider suicide at an alarming rate, providing insight into the unique risk factors they experience.
The Trevor Project’s 2022 National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health found 45% of U.S. lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth seriously considered attempting suicide in the past year, including 53% of transgender and nonbinary youth.
The 2022 finding caps off a three-year trend of rising reports of LGBTQ youth considering suicide, previously increasing from 40% in 2020 to 42% in 2021.
A large majority of LGBTQ youth also reported recent experiences of anxiety (73%) and depression (58%), though 60% who wanted mental health care weren’t able to get it.
The top reported barriers to care were: fears about discussing mental health, parental permission, fears about not being taken seriously, and affordability.
The survey found LGBTQ youth who live in an accepting community reported significantly lower rates of attempting suicide than those who do not, though just 37% of LGBTQ and 32% of transgender and nonbinary youth identified their homes as gender-affirming spaces.
Transgender and nonbinary youth:
Amid a record number of anti-trans bills in state legislatures, nearly all (93%) transgender and nonbinary youth say they’re worried about trans people being denied access to care.
The Trevor Project:
The Trevor Project is the world’s largest suicide prevention and mental health organization for LGBTQ youth.
The 2022 survey was the organization’s fourth annual national survey, capturing the experiences of 34,000 LGBTQ youth ages 13 to 24 across the U.S.