The Guardian 19 November 2014
The hidden extent of suicide attempts among young transgender people has been highlighted in a study.
A survey found that 48% of trans people under 26 said they had attempted suicide, and 30% said they had done so in the past year, while 59% said they had at least considered doing so.
By comparison, about 6% of all 16- to 24-year-olds say they have attempted suicide, according to the Adult Psychiatry Morbidity Survey.
The research was conducted by Pace, a mental health charity for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, in partnership with Brunel University, the University of Worcester, and London South Bank University. It involved interviews and a survey of more than 2,000 people in England from 2010 to 2014.
The report said the suicide last year of Lucy Meadows, a primary school teacher who was transgender, after two previous attempts was indicative of a much wider problem.
The figures on suicide attempts by trans youth were higher than those found in previous studies across all age groups. A US study in 2006 found that 32% of trans people had tried to kill themselves. And the Trans Mental Health Study of 2012 (pdf) found 35% had attempted suicide once and 25% a second time.