‘Landmark’ Study-Suicide Rates, Mental Illness, Higher Among Transgenders

Using four decades of data, Danish scientists have come to a landmark conclusion, confirming that suicide and mental illness are much more common rate among transgender individuals than among the average population.


“Transgender people in Denmark have a significantly higher risk of suicide than other groups, according to an exhaustive analysis of health and legal records from nearly seven million people over the last four decades. The study is the first in the world to analyze national suicide data for this group.” – The New York Times


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According to The Times, “The authors of the new report identified nearly 3,800 transgender people in Denmark by pulling data from two sources: hospital records and applications for legal gender changes.”

This is critical: as it indicates the members of the study had either changed their gender legally or received some procedure to validate their self-image. Meaning such high rates are not isolated to transgender individuals “in the closet” and thoroughly apply to those who are public and/or have undergone procedures.

Note well that the subject group are not “suppressed” transgenders. They have been identified by their gender change acceptance by the Danish government and/or their sex-change medical treatments, meaning that these subjects either fully or partly transitioned. Denmark is also famously “progressive” in this particular arena (which is why they have reliable data going back to 1980), so this is clearly not a reaction to conservative policies either. The numbers of attempts and actual suicides are not high, but the rate at which they occur in this group is shockingly high compared to the general population. ~Ed Morrissey, Hot Air

The study found a shocking difference in commonality, with attempted suicide rates 7.7 times the rest of the population and 3.5 times the rate of deaths.

” In this nationwide cohort study of 6 657 456 Danish-born individuals, transgender individuals identified through hospital and administrative registers had significantly higher rates of suicide attempt (adjusted incidence rate ratio [aIRR], 7.7), suicide mortality (aIRR, 3.5), suicide-unrelated mortality (aIRR, 1.9), and all-cause mortality (aIRR, 2.0) compared with nontransgender individuals.”

Even more telling, the study found that the rates of suicide attempts among transgender individuals have been completely unchanged over the 42 years studied, even as the rest of the population’s rates have declined.

“Despite declining rates of suicide attempts and mortality during the 42 years covered, aIRRs remained significantly elevated in recent calendar periods up to and including 2021 for suicide attempts (aIRR, 6.6; 95% CI, 4.5-9.5), suicide mortality (aIRR, 2.8; 95% CI, 1.3-5.9), suicide-unrelated mortality (aIRR, 1.7; 95% CI, 1.5-2.1), and all-cause mortality (aIRR, 1.7; 95% CI, 1.4-2.1).”

Also striking is the association between transgender individuals and mental illness. Nearly half of the transgender population in the study was positively diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder, compared to 7% in the rest of the people. Moreover, the study leaves the door open to any of the other 57% having undiagnosed issues. However, based on that 43% figure alone, it has been confirmed that psychiatric pathology runs at least six times higher in transgenders than in the general population.

In their article covering the matter, The Times addressed the political implications of the study and its results, “Some Republicans have argued that suicides among transgender people are rare, while some L.G.B.T.Q. Advocates have declared that the new laws could lead more young transgender people to die by suicide.”

While it’s certainly true some Republicans have likely said this, it is not a mainstream position. Prominent conservative pundits such as Ben Shapiro and Matt Walsh have advocated the opposite: that the high suicide rates exist and are due to the inherent distress of transgenderism/gender dysphoria. Several conservative U.S. Governors have claimed the same.

It remains to be seen how the American medical establishment will react and adjust recommendations response to this new data, if at all.

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