Legalising same-sex marriage in Australia wouldn’t just benefit couples wanting to wed, it could help save lives, new research out of the US has shown.
It’s a long-held belief that stigma and social exclusion have a direct impact on the wellbeing of people within the LGBTI community, according to the Black Dog Institute.
A study published this week backs up this belief and shows that creating a more inclusive society for young people to live in could improve their mental health and happiness.
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The study compared suicide attempt rates across public high schools in the 32 US states that allow same-sex marriage, before and after it was legalised.
Researchers measured a significant difference in the number of suicide attempts when marriage equality was introduced. It found seven percent fewer students reported a suicide attempt.
Black Dog Institute senior researcher Dr Fiona Shand said the findings of the study, which collected data from 750,000 adolescents, was solid data that legalising same-sex marriage equality would reduce suicide.