Study: Gay people twice as likely to experience mental health issues

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A study has found that gay and bisexual people are disproportionately affected by mental health issues compared to their straight counterparts.

Survey discovered that 11% of gay men and 15% of bisexual men reported experiencing mental health issues, compared to 5% of heterosexual men.

Researchers from the Cambridge University based the study from the two million responses to the 2009-2010 English General Practice Patient Survey, with more than 27,000 respondents identifying as gay, lesbian or bisexual, making it one of the largest surveys of its kind.

Results found that an estimated 12% of lesbian woman and nearly 19% of bisexual women have reported mental health issues, compared to 6% of heterosexual women.

The survey also found that lesbians, gays and bisexual were 50% more likely to have negative experiences with their GPs or primary care services compared to straight people.




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