"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:
self-harm and suicidality
high levels of general psychological distress