Can you take part in mental health study?
Can you take part in mental health study?
06 August 2013

A new national survey launched by PACE, leading LGBT mental health charity, aims to uncover factors which make lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people more likely to experience mental health problems.

Research has shown that compared to their heterosexual counterparts:

  • LGBT youth are more likely to attempt suicide (1)
  • Lesbian and bisexual women are more likely to have alcohol related problems (2)
  • Gay and bisexual men are more likely to have body image disorders (3)

The RaRE (Risk and Resilience Explored) Survey launched this month will compare the mental health of LGBT people with non-LGBT people through a series of questions designed to identify the risk factors and protective factors associated with positive and poor mental health. Factors under study include relationships, drug use, presence or absence of family support and self-esteem.

Margaret Unwin, Chief Executive of PACE, said: “We anticipate that the project will provide new insights into the mental health of the LGBT community. The ultimate aim of the project is to change support programmes and influence local and national policy and practice.”

Professor Elizabeth Peel of Worcester University, member of the RaRE Academic Panel said: “PACE is working with a range of stakeholders on this important project. We hope to get 2000 people to complete the survey so that we have a robust piece of research that will contribute significantly to knowledge of this issue.”

PACE’s RaRE project is funded by the Big Lottery and partners include Aston, Worcester, London South Bank and Brunel Universities, and continues until mid 2014.

All people aged 18 years or over, of any sexuality, living in England are invited to participate in the study, which takes 20-30 minutes to complete. Click here to complete the survey.

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