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Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
Bisexual youth and adults have higher rates of suicidal ideation and attempts than gay, lesbian, and heterosexual youth and adults. The factors that lead to higher rates of ideation and attempts are complex and may include antibisexual stigma and discrimination Culturally competent urgent interventions and crisis management services are needed from mental health care providers, teachers, family members, and peers.
Self-identified and behaviorally bisexual people have higher rates of obesity, smoking, cardiovascular disease, and mental health disorders (e.g. depression, anxiety, eating disorders, alcohol and substance use disorders) compared to their gay, lesbian and heterosexual counterparts. Bisexual populations are less likely to access needed health care services, with bisexual adults less likely to have a consistent health care provider and more likely to be uninsured. Expansion of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Behavioral Risk Factors Surveillance System (BRFSS) to include sexual orientation and gender identity questions in all states is warranted to further evaluate and assess the physical health disparities that bisexual populations face nationwide. It is essential that future studies also focus on the unique health disparities experienced by bisexual people of color, bisexual youth and elders, bisexual people with disabilities, transgender and gender non-conforming bisexual people and bisexual people living in poverty. Government investment in outreach to bisexual people to increase their utilization of public health insurance plans provided under the Affordable Care Act is urgently needed to decrease the number of uninsured bisexual people, and reduce their number of emergency room visits. Cultural competency training for health care providers is also crucially needed to ensure bisexual people are welcomed and retained within healthcare settings.
To Learn more:
- Bisexual Health Awareness Month
- Reports and Research-Bisexual Resource Center
- Movement Advancement Project Bisexual People Resource Page
- Fact Sheet On Bisexual Health
- Disaggregating the Data for Bisexual People
- A Closer Look: The Senate Health Care Bill Would Be Devastating for Bisexual People
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