Suicide Thoughts and Attempts Among Transgender Adults

By Jody L. Herman, Taylor N.T. Brown, and Ann P. Haas

Analysis of data from the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey found that respondents who had experienced losing a job, eviction, homelessness, and physical attack in the past year were ten times more likely to have reported suicide attempts in that year compared to those who experienced none of these. Nearly all (97.7%) had seriously thought about suicide.

Transgender people have many of the same risk factors for suicidality as the U.S. general population, such as depression, substance abuse, poor health, and homelessness. The current study finds that transgender people also face additional risk factors, such as discrimination, family rejection, and lack of access to gender-affirming health care.

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