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Table 9 Prevalence of help seeking by gender identity and sexual orientation

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

  Female Trans female Other GI Lesbian Queer Bisexual Pan Other SO
  % % % % % % % %
Professional help         
 GP 76.7 86.9 75.9 79.1 82.5 74.9 74.5 68.9
 Psychologist/counsellor 43.9 57.1 57.4 41.7 54.7 46.0 58.4 47.2
 Allied health professional 24.6 17.9 23.5 24.8 27.8 20.6 22.1 26.4
 Other specialist doctor 22.2 40.5 19.8 23.9 27.4 20.2 18.1 21.7
 Psychiatrist 11.7 44.0 22.8 12.9 17.5 13.2 16.1 22.6
 Telephone counselling/helpline 9.9 13.1 17.3 8.4 13.7 12.5 16.8 12.3
 None 7.5 2.4 6.2 7.8 4.7 8.4 4.0 8.5
 Mental health nurse 3.7 8.3 11.7 4.5 6.8 3.5 5.4 5.7
 Other 2.7 2.4 5.6 2.5 3.4 2.8 2.7 6.6
Social help         
 Friends/family/partner 78.6 65.5 75.3 78.2 82.5 81.5 75.8 63.2
 The internet 55.8 56.0 70.4 51.8 66.2 58.9 71.1 65.1
 Social organisations 16.9 35.7 25.3 16.0 23.5 20.2 22.1 22.6
 Self-help/support group 9.9 22.6 15.4 8.3 14.1 12.5 14.1 20.8
 None 6.3 11.9 5.6 8.3 4.7 4.9 2.7 6.6
 Religious organisations 2.4 6.0 5.6 3.2 3.0 1.0 4.0 3.8
 Other 1.7 2.4 4.9 2.1 3.8 1.4 1.3 0.9
Any complimentary help 44.7 17.9 29.0 46.2 50.9 39.7 27.5 16.0
  1. Note: GI Gender identity. SO Sexual orientation. GP General practitioner