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Participants Wanted For StudyOn Bisexual Mental Health

The Who I Am study is being described as the largest ever survey into the mental health of bisexual people, and now La Trobe University is calling for more particpants to take part.

Lead investigator Julia Taylor, from La Trobe’s Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS) said previous research had consistently found that bisexual and pansexual Australians suffer from poorer mental health than gay men, lesbians and heterosexuals.

“Bisexual and pansexual people are frequently subjected to discrimination and a lack of social acceptance – even within the lesbian and gay communities,” Ms Taylor said.

“People are assumed to be heterosexual or homosexual depending on the gender of their partner and there is a lack of widely visible bisexual role models and few organised communities.”

Taylor said despite a large body of evidence showing poor mental health among the bisexual and pansexual community there was very little known about triggering factors.

“The aim of the Who I Am study is to find out why this is the case so that we can find ways to improve the mental health of this group of people.”

To date the study has already attracted over 2,000 respondents but Taylor is hoping for more participants.

“Many bisexual and pansexual people feel their sexuality is invisible or they are not respected and this is a way for them to be heard.”

For more information and to take part in the study visit www.whoiamsurvey.com

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