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Australian study finds gender-affirming care halves suicidality among trans peop


Traci M Knight:

Australian study finds gender-affirming care halves suicidality among trans people

Written by Ali Condon
September 8, 2023 in The Pink News

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A new landmark study has found that access to gender-affirming healthcare significantly reduces rates of depression, gender dysphoria, and suicidality among transgender people

While it’s no secret that providing gender-affirming care to transgender individuals who ask for it can greatly benefit their well-being, an increase in transphobic rhetoric and bans on gender-affirming healthcare has prompted thorough medical studies into the impact of such care.

Now, brand new research conducted in Melbourne, Australia, has found that allowing transgender people to access the care they’re after can reduce suicidality by a stunning 55 per cent.

While the treatment group was allowed to begin hormone therapy that week, the control group waited three months for their treatment to begin.

The results showed a notable decrease in gender dysphoria, depression, and – most significantly – suicidality.

The group that received gender-affirming care right away saw a 55 per cent reduction in suicidality compared to a 5 per cent drop within the control group.

Depression scores in the treatment group decreased by half, while gender dysphoria rates also significantly decreased.[/color]

While my experience is anecdotal, I had suffered from depression for 30+ years, within days of beginning  Estrogen therapy,  my depression lifted and I could look myself in the mirror and say, "I'm Happy." Two years and some months later, I can still say "I'm Happy," and there is no way I could ever consider going back.

Northern Star Girl:
Australian study finds gender-affirming care halves suicidality among trans people
     The posted NEWS article discusses Suicide and Self-Harm.
     If you are affected by this please be certain to read the information at the end
     of this posting about the Help and call-in phone numbers that are available.
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    If you are having thoughts of suicide or are concerned that someone you know may be,
     resources are available to help. The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988 is for people of all ages and
     Trans Lifeline, designed for transgender or gender-nonconforming people, can be reached
     at (877) 565-8860.
     The lifeline also provides resources to help with other crises, such as domestic violence situations.
     The Trevor Project Lifeline, for LGBTQ+ youth (ages 24 and younger), can be
     reached at (866) 488-7386.
     Users can also access chat services at
     or text START to 678678.

    cc: @Traci M Knight   @Devlyn   @Jessica_Rose


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