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Help collect data on trans mental health

Posted 7/27/17

Data on our community is essential to our efforts to advocate for change. Yet there is very little data currently on trans people’s experiences with mental health …

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Call to Central Voice readers

Help collect data on trans mental health

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Dear Central Voice Readers,
Data on our community is essential to our efforts to advocate for change. Yet there is very little data currently on trans people’s experiences with mental health care. That’s why we’ve partnered with Trans Lifeline in distributing the first-ever national survey focused on mental health and the transgender/gender non-conforming community.

Suicidal ideation, depression, anxiety and other poor mental health outcomes are very common for trans people because of social stigma and marginalization. In the 2015 US Trans Survey, conducted by the National Center for Transgender Equality, 39% of respondents had recently experienced intense psychological distress, and 40% had attempted suicide in their lifetime.

Our survey will build on this data to help pinpoint how and why trans people experience these mental health outcomes. This knowledge is essential for our policy and lobbying work around mental health and disability.

If you identify as transgender/gender non-conforming and are 18 and over, please click here to take the Trans Mental Health Survey.

At the Task Force, we believe advocacy for trans people with mental health disabilities must follow the philosophy of “nothing about us without us”, which means that any such advocacy must be led by trans people who have mental health disabilities. As the Director of our Disability Justice Project and our Trans/Gender Non-Conforming Justice Project, and as a trans person who lives with bipolar disorder, I know what it's like to face discrimination in mental healthcare settings, and how important it is to work to improve mental healthcare access.

We know from the US Trans Survey found that 33% of trans people have had negative experiences with healthcare providers—but we don't have specific data on their experiences with mental health care providers. The Trans Mental Health Survey will help provide additional evidence of discrimination faced by the trans community in specifically mental health settings.

In order for us to better advocate for our communities, I urge you to please take the survey today—and/or pass a link to the survey along to a friend who is transgender/gender non-conforming!

In solidarity,
Victoria Rodriguez Roldan
Trans/Gender Non-Conforming Justice Project and Disability Justice Project Director
National LGBTQ Task Force