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LONDON – Researchers at King’s College London are studying how stigma and discrimination contribute to mental health issues amongst those within the LGBT community.
LGBT people are 1.5 times more likely to suffer from depression, anxiety and substance use than straight people; and are twice as likely to attempt suicide. While funding for LGBT mental health is woefully inadequate, researchers at King’s College London are now trying to reverse the health issues for the LGBT community and are studying which factors contribute to these striking mental health disparities.
Liam Timmins, a Ph.D candidate, leading sexuality scientist Qazi Rahman and a clinical psychologist Kate Rimes, lead the group. The new research aims to address the sexual and gender diversity within the LGBT population, in ways it has never been done before; specifically taking a look at how stress factors into LGBT mental health.
Liam is recruiting participants for a large, cross-national online survey on LGBT well-being. His work will be the first to compare, contrast and quantify how stigma and discrimination contribute to distress and well-being of different members of the LGBT community compared to straight, cisgendered people.
Participants need only be 16 years of age or older and while some questions may be extremely personal in nature, all data is collected anonymously.