More than 80% of LGBT students in China report depression

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05/10/2019

Around 85% of LGBTQ students in China report struggling with depression, according to a survey. The poll, carried out by Beijing Normal University and analysed by Chinese news site Caixin Global, found a further 40% had considered suicide. More than 700 LGBTQ students from 29 provinces were polled. The survey found more than 80% of respondents had come out to someone, but three quarters had not told their parents, other relatives or teachers. Only 2.9% said they had supportive teachers. The report found having a more inclusive school climate and more school resources, in particular positive LGBTQ role models, improved LGBTQ students’ mental health.

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