High levels of bullying, depression and self-harm in rainbow youth

Not all rainbow youth are coping well, a new study has found.

The Youth19 survey of close to 8000 secondary school students found that while some progress is being made, and about half of the rainbow students in the study are coping well, some – especially transgender and gender diverse young people – are struggling.

University of Auckland education and social work senior lecturer John Fenaughty said that was evident in their findings around mental health.

“The increased amounts of mistreatment and stress, particularly for some transgender and diverse gender young people, are known drivers that underpin the increased rates of mental health challenges we are seeing,” he said. Read more

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