The New York City Department of Health used data from the 2015 New York City Youth Risk Behavior Survey and findings from focus groups to craft this report highlighting the disproportionate mental health stressors LGBTQ youth experience in school. These include higher rates of bullying and harassment, higher rates of living away from parents or guardians, and increased rates of depression, self-harm and suicidal tendencies. The report also details the common sources of support commonly sought by LGBTQ youth to improve their mental and physical well-being.
This new report published in Pediatrics uses nationwide data to show a startling and disturbing rise in the percentage of adolescents experiencing depression across the country from 8.7% in 2005 to 11.3% in 2014. At the same time, the data shows basically no increase in the number of adolescents seeking professional care for their mental health over the same time period. The authors of the report hope this will be a "call to action" to get the mental health sector to find ways of increasing mental health screenings for youth and make other necessary changes to address this disturbing trend.