The threats to mental health and wellbeing for LGBT+ students are many, varied and clear. Adele Bates highlights some of the challenges and advises schools

Almost half of all LGBT+ pupils face bullying at school for being LGBT+. Online, nearly all LGBT+ young people are exposed to offensive content about LGBT+ people, and only one in three think that reporting it will make a difference.

Since the EU Referendum there has been a 147 per cent rise in homophobic hate crime. This takes its toll on our LGBT+ youth: more than four in five trans young people have self-harmed and LGBT+ youth are four times more likely to kill themselves than their heterosexual, cis-gender (non-trans) counterparts.
These facts were laid bare in Stonewall’s School Report 2017 – a study of more than 37 000 LGBT+ students across Britain.

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