Sexuality and mental health: New research sheds light on Britain's non-heterosexual population

Posted by vm64 at Feb 04, 2011 04:30 PM |
Professor Terry Brugha from our Department of Health Sciences collaborated with colleagues from London to research the mental health of Britain’s non-heterosexual population.

The study is the first of its kind and is crucial for our understanding of the health of Britain’s non-heterosexual population. According to the results mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety, self-harm and substance misuse, are more commonly reported by non-heterosexuals than their heterosexual peers. 

Non-heterosexual people are also more likely to experience discrimination, which may put them at a higher risk of mental disorders. 

The researchers have described the results as "very worrying" and called for primary care and mental health services to improve their efforts when dealing with these problems.

The study was published in one of the world’s leading psychiatric journals, The British Journal of Psychiatry.

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