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Sexuality issues

Sexuality issues

The facts

"The body often contains emotional truths that words can too easily gloss over." - Esther Perel.

At times, people experience uncertainty about their thoughts and feelings relating to gender, sexuality and self-identity which can cause significant distress. Additionally, many LGBTIQ+ Australians experience stressful or traumatic events that contribute to affected mental health and wellbeing outcomes.

How common is it?

LGBTIQ+ Australians experience higher levels of psychological distress (57.2% over 16 years of age) in comparison to the general population. LGBTIQA+ young people in particular, report high or very high levels of psychological distress. More information can be found here

Mental health outcomes

Mental health conditions most commonly reported by LGBTIQA+ Australians include:

  • depression

  • anxiety

  • self-harm and suicidality

  • high levels of general psychological distress

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