A study of the mental health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.
Supporting LGBT lives set out to examine mental health and well-being, including an investigation of suicide vulnerability (risk) and resilience, among LGBT people in Ireland. A survey instrument, which took approximately 15-20 minutes to complete online, was designed to capture the experiences of LGBT people living in Ireland in a variety of settings and contexts. This instrument included demographic variables, schooling experiences, perceptions of belonging, victimisation and harassment, workplace experiences, and patterns of alcohol use. Indicators of mental health and well-being were also ascertained, including history of self-injurious behaviour and attempted suicide. In the community assessment process phase of the research a total of 14 interviews were conducted. Specific interview topics and questions targeted experiences that may have been challenging, difficult or stressful (e.g. experiences of discrimination, homophobic bullying, stress associated with ‘coming out’ to family and peers). Questions also focussed where relevant on respondents’ experience of depression, anxiety and loneliness and on their use of alcohol and/or drugs. Other sections of the interview concentrated on positive experiences and protective factors.
Supporting LGBT lives: A study of the mental health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.
- Recommended Citation: Mayock, P; Bryan, A; Carr, N; Kitching, K (2008) Supporting LGBT lives: A study of the mental health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. Dublin: GLEN and BeLonG To.