Telethon Kids Institute, Perth, September 1, 2017
Trans Pathways is the largest study ever conducted of the mental health and care pathways of trans and gender diverse young people in Australia (859 participants). It is also the first Australian study to incorporate the views of parents and guardians of trans young people (194 participants).
What did Trans Pathways tell us?
- Trans young people are at very high risk for poor mental health, self-harming and suicide attempts
- Trans young people found it difficult to access health services
- Many trans young people have experienced negative situations that affect their mental health such as peer rejection, bullying, issues with school, university or TAFE, and a lack of family support
- Participants told us they used music and art, peers and friends, activism, social media and pets to make themselves feel better and take care of their mental wellbeing
The authors have provided a list of recommendations for governments and health providers, as well as guidance for schools, parents, peers and young trans people.