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Table 11 Barriers to help seeking for gender identities and sexual orientations

From: Mental health help seeking patterns and associations among Australian same sex attracted women, trans and gender diverse people: a survey-based study

  Discrimination/judgement Lack LGBTIQ sensitivity Lack of readiness Self-reliance Confidentiality None of these
  No. % No. % No. % No. % No. % No. %
Gender Identity             
 Female, n = 1390 896 64.5 710 51.1 550 39.6 604 43.5 321 23.1 123 8.8
 Trans female, n = 84 60 71.4 32 38.1 38 45.2 27 32.1 32 38.1 8 9.5
 Other, n = 162 128 79.0 95 58.6 81 50.0 78 48.1 59 36.4 5 3.1
Sexual Orientation             
 Lesbian, n = 848 536 63.2 421 49.6 298 35.1 347 40.9 197 23.2 93 11.0
 Queer, n = 234 179 76.5 144 61.5 111 47.4 106 45.3 65 27.8 10 4.3
 Bisexual, n = 287 188 65.5 143 49.8 136 47.4 150 52.3 74 25.8 20 7.0
 Pansexual, n = 149 113 75.8 92 61.7 71 47.7 66 44.3 43 28.9 5 3.4
 Other, n = 106 69 65.1 38 35.8 53 50.0 40 37.7 33 31.1 8 7.5
  1. Note: Discrimination/judgement includes concerns about being judged, fear of discrimination, prior experiences of discrimination and experiences of heterosexism. Lack of LGBTI sensitivity includes experiences of excessive focus on LGBTI status when not relevant and concerns that service providers will not be LGBTI knowledgeable and skilled