Suicide in the counselling room

Updated: Mar 26

LGBTQ people are, sadly, statistically at higher risk of suicide.

Did you know?

46% of trans people had suicidal thoughts in the last year.
31% of lesbian, gay and bisexual people who aren’t trans had suicidal thoughts in the last year.

Stats from 2018 Stonewall Report: LGBT in Britain - Health Report

This is compared to the general population where:

1 in 5 (20%) think about suicide in their lifetime.

Stats from Grassroots Suicide Prevention

In my experience as a counsellor many clients (particularly those who are LGBTQ) can be very scared of talking about suicide.

Trans and non-binary clients can fear their counsellor ‘outing’ or misgendering them if their counsellor were to break confidentiality.

Due to our heteronormative and cisnormative society, LGBTQ people are statistically at higher risk of suicide.

If we look back over history at rights and laws we can see how LGBTQ people have been discriminated against by the government and big organisations.

It’s no wonder why that the LGBTQ community can often distrust professionals, such as counsellors.

Here’s a summary of just some of the things that have happened in history in England.

  • 1980s AIDS crisis and attitudes towards gay men, blood donation bans

  • 1988 to 2003: Section 28 which stated 'a local authority shall not: intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality; promote the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship.'

  • Homosexuality was classified by WHO