LGBT+ young people twice as likely to experience depression, anxiety and panic attacks

LGBT+ (lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender) young people are twice as likely to experience depression, panic attacks and anxiety disorders than young people who are not LGBT+, according to new independent research by charity Just Like Us.


Almost half of LGBT+ young people (46%) say they have had or currently have depression, compared to a fifth (20%) of non-LGBT+ young people, the study of almost 3,000 secondary school pupils has found.


Depression rates are the highest among young lesbians (58%) and young trans people (57%), who are three times more likely than non-LGBT+ young people to experience depression.


Half (50%) of young bisexual people and more than a third (38%) of gay boys report they have had or currently have depression. Depression is much more common among bisexual girls (51%) than bisexual boys (38%).