Research finds no correlation between gender anxiety and suicide risk among Finnish youth

A recent study published in BMJ Mental Health has shed new light on the suicide risk related to sexual anxiety in young people seeking gender identity treatment. Researchers from Finland found that the suicide risk may have been overestimated, and that psychiatric illness rather than gender anxiety was a significant factor in predicting suicidal mortality in young people.

The study, led by Sami-Matti Ruuska from the University of Tampere, focused on suicide rates among young Finnish individuals who sought treatment for gender dysphoria at gender identity clinics. While suicides were rare, the study found that those with serious mental health problems were at a slightly higher risk compared to a control group. However, when mental health problems requiring specialized care were taken into account, the suicide risk did not significantly differ between those with gender anxiety and the control group.

The findings suggest that a deeper understanding of the factors contributing to suicide risk in young people with sexual anxiety is essential for effective prevention strategies. The researchers emphasized the need to identify and treat mental health disorders in young people as a crucial step in suicide prevention. They cautioned against rushing into transgender treatments solely based on the presence of suicidal thoughts, emphasizing the importance of a comprehensive approach to mental health care. Overall, this study provides valuable insights into an important public health issue and highlights the need for further research in this area.

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