Mary McAleese to Launch “Groundbreaking” Irish LGBTI Mental Health Report

MaryMacThe LGBTIreland Report details the findings of a national study of the mental health and well-being of 2,264 LGBTI people in Ireland.

Last year’s marriage referendum indicated the progress that has been made in Ireland over the last number of years for LGBTI people. This report shows that many LGBTI people, aged 26 and above, are doing well and report good self-esteem. However, the report shows that a very significant number of those 25 and under do not experience the same levels of positive mental health. Some of the report findings are harrowing, with elevated levels of suicidal behaviour and self-harm among LGBTI teenagers, as well as worrying levels of severe and extremely severe stress, anxiety and depression.

“This scholarly report is as essential and revealing as it is horrifying. The ongoing damage is undeniable. That it involves so many young people is tragic. That it is solvable is the good news,” said Dr. Mary McAleese.

Speakers at the launch will include: Mary McAleese; Professor Agnes Higgins, Trinity College Dublin, lead author of the report; Susan Kenny of the National Office for Suicide Prevention; Odhrán Allen, Director of Mental Health at GLEN, and Dr. Carol Anne O’Brien, Director of Advocacy at BeLonG To Youth Services.

The report was commissioned by GLEN and BeLonG To, funded by the HSE’s National Office for Suicide Prevention and undertaken by Professor Agnes Higgins and her team at Trinity College Dublin.

The report will be launched on Tuesday, March 22, at 11am at the Royal Irish Academy on Dawson Street, Dublin.

About Scott De Buitléir

Scott De Buitléir is an author and poet from Dublin, Ireland. He is founder of EILE Magazine, a digital publication for the Irish LGBT community, and has published several works of poetry, non-fiction, and fiction. He lives in Cork with his partner.
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