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• Jessica Colarossi discusses the mental health gap for gender minority college students, those whose gender identity differs from the sex assigned to them at birth.
• How can funders address the mental health needs of college students?
• Learn about gaps in LGBTQ health and wellbeing.
College students who identify as transgender, gender nonconforming, genderqueer, and nonbinary face enormous mental health disparities relative to their peers, research finds.
Findings from the largest and most comprehensive mental health survey of college students in the United States appear in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
The researchers report that gender minority students, whose gender identity differs from the sex assigned to them at birth, are between two and four times more likely to experience mental health problems than the rest of their peers.
“There has never been a more important time for colleges and universities to take action to protect and support trans, genderqueer, and nonbinary students on campus,” says lead author Sarah Ketchen Lipson, assistant professor of health law, policy, and management at the Boston University School of Public Health.
Read the full article about the mental health gap for gender minority college students by Jessica Colarossi at Futurity.