Transgender college students are struggling with mental health issues

Sarah Ketchen Lipsonah, a Boston University School of Public Health professor, say universities need to protect transgender mental health (Photo by Cydney Scott)

Universities and colleges across the country are doing their best to meet students’ needs as an increasing number of young people report struggling with issues related to mental health. 

As per a new study published in The American Journal of Preventative Medicine, transgender people, who have stopped identifying with their gender from birth, are more susceptible to these issues for a variety of reasons. 

Some experts are worried that all schools may not be taking adequate steps to address transgender needs. Many other experts though admit this is not a priority when schools have other vital aspects to focus on. 

Many transgender people are known to change their appearance, name and even undergo medical and clinical treatments to keep up or help match their feelings and identity. 

There have been multiple studies in recent years that have shown an increasing number of college students in the United States to deal with anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues. Many Americans are astonished by this though based on how many other people in the world are trying to come here.

It has to be worse in other countries. This latest study has attempted to examine specific mental health problems faced by transgender students. 

Sarah Ketchen Lipsonah, one of the lead researchers and an assistant professor at the Boston University School of Public Health argued that one of the most troubling factors about the study was not that transgender students were more likely to face mental health issues, but that they were more likely to experience every mental issue in the book.


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