Trans men fight depression with beyondblue
A new project by beyondblue sees three trans men sharing their stories on on how they have overcome depression and anxiety.
beyondblue CEO Kate Carnell said she hopes the filmed stories will also allow the broader community a greater understanding of the challenges faced by trans people who currently face a 60% higher rate of psychological distress than the national average.
“Our research shows trans men have very high rates of psychological distress compared to others in the LGBTI community and broader communities. The Private Lives 2 study from 2012 revealed that in a standard test of psychological distress, trans men scored 60% higher than the national average,” Carnell told SX.
She said while trans men were more likely to seek assistance than gay men thy were also less likely to find this assistance useful because of discrimination and a lack of understanding by health professionals.
“We hope these stories will help build awareness of some of the challenges trans men face and let other trans men who may be going through a difficult time know that there is hope.”
In the Resilience in the Face of Change stories, trans men Jez, Jacq and Kurt discuss their journeys of self-discovery and the expectations placed on them by society.
All three men stress the importance of taking action when you feel you may be experiencing difficulties.
“The message in the stories rings clears that no matter what difficulties you may be experiencing, there is always support available that can help you take back control of your life,” said Carnell.
beyondblue has funded Australia’s first study on the mental health of trans men and women, with full results expected later this year.
People having a tough time can contact trained mental health counsellors at the beyondblue Support Service via phone on 1300 22 4636 or via www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support
Watch Jez’s story
Watch Kurts story
Watch Jacq’s story