TRANS: Microaggressions & Mental Health

The TRans And Non-binary Suicidality (TRANS): Microaggressions & Mental Health Project is a PhD study funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), and approved by UCL REC (200485/001). It aims to explore the mental health of transgender and non-binary people in the United Kingdom, with a focus on microaggression, loneliness, and gender minority stress.

About the project

Studies suggest that transgender and non-binary people experience disproportionate distress, particularly with regards to depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation and suicide attempts. However, there is a need for a large study that seeks to explore these issues further by enquiring how microaggressions, loneliness, and gender minority stress might play a role in these mental health disparities.

What does the study involve?

This study involves recruiting transgender and non-binary people over the age of 18 to take part in an online survey to explore issues related to various aspects of their identity, their experiences of gender minority stress, microaggressions, and mental health distress.

Intersectionality is important when exploring the mental health disparity of transgender and non- binary people. Therefore, the project is actively seeking those who are currently under-represented in trans mental health research, specifically Black, Indigenous, & trans and non-binary people of colour, along with neurodiverse and/or disabled people.

The survey takes roughly 20-30 minutes to complete. If you are interested in taking part, there is a link to the participant information sheet below, which details the project further.

Risks and benefits of taking part

As the survey asks about your mental health, taking part carries some risk of causing distress. To minimise this we are using a risk protocol approved by UCL. This includes a list of support services provided during the survey, on our website, and within the participant information sheet. If you do take part, you will be given the option of receiving research outputs including a clear summary of the project’s findings.

Who’s on the team?

Talen Wright is a PhD student and trans woman with lived experience of depression and suicidality. She has been funded by the ESRC to carry out this research and has along with her supervisory team and thesis committee produced this survey. Dr Alexandra Pitman is a clinical academic in the UCL Division of Psychiatry. Dr Gemma Lewis is a lecturer in epidemiology in the UCL Division of Psychiatry. Both have a particular interest and publications record in the mental health of LGBT groups. Dr Talya Greene is an honorary lecturer in epidemiology in the UCL Division of Psychiatry and an Associate Professor at the University of Haifa. Dr Ruth Pearce is a Lecturer in Community Development at the University of Glasgow, and former Research Coordinator for the Trans Learning Partnership. You can find our public profiles and websites in the “Team Members” section.

What happens when the study is finished?

After the study has come to an end the PhD student will analyse the data carefully and write up the findings for publication. The PhD student will use the findings to discuss issues of depression, anxiety, and suicidality in relation to microaggressions, loneliness, and gender minority stress, with mental health providers and policy makers. If you consent to take part, and have asked for a copy of the final report, you will receive a summary of the findings. All findings will be published on this webpage.

I’m interested, how do I take part?

If you would like to take part in this study, please click on the link provided below, which will take you to the Participant Information Sheet and Consent Form.