Twenty percent of people who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transsexual (LGBT) face a "high risk of depression" with 30 percent tending towards mental health issues, a new report by the Beijing LGBT Center and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences' Institute of Psychology shows.
Half of the 1,600 survey participants demonstrated elevated risk for depression, four times greater than the rest of the population, with the risk of depression three times greater among homosexual adolescents, the report says.
The survey found that while people who identified themselves as being LGBT, or who were prone to questioning their sexuality, were more likely to experience mental health problems, only seven percent had ever sought professional psychiatric help, due to concerns about cost and confidentiality.
One of Beijing LGBT Center's primary programs is providing mental health services, along with advocacy and social activities and interest groups.
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