Access to Gender-Affirming Care Associated with Lower Suicide Risk for Transgender People

Author: The Williams Institute
Published: Thursday 2nd September 2021
Summary: A summary of current data on suicide risk and prevention among transgender people in recognition of Suicide Prevention Month.


Transgender people who need and receive gender-affirming medical care have a lower prevalence of suicide thoughts and attempts than those who need it but have not received it, according to a new fact sheet by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law.

An estimated 5% of transgender people who accessed gender-affirming care attempted suicide in the past year compared to 9% of those who needed care but did not receive it.

Research shows that certain adverse experiences, such as discrimination or violence, are associated with a higher risk of suicide thoughts and attempts among transgender people. In contrast, affirming experiences, such as family and social support, are associated with lower risks.

RESEARCH FINDINGS


“To combat suicide among transgender adults and youth, it is important that laws, policies, and programs focus on reducing discrimination against transgender people while fostering family and social support and access to gender-affirming care,” said author Jody L. Herman, Senior Scholar of Public Policy at the Williams Institute. “It is also critical that official data collection systems, like the National Violent Death Reporting System, record information about a person’s gender identity, to help inform suicide prevention strategies.”

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