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Research Round-up: Why Is Bisexual Mental Health So Poor?

MPOTY_2014_Helping_someone_get_treatment_for_mental_health_issuesBisexuals face many problems, including higher than average rates of interpersonal violence (IPV) and homelessness, but at top of that list is mental health. In a Biscuit poll in February 88% of respondents reported having had mental health problems at some point, with 37% reporting saying that theirs were severe.

But this is only just scratching the surface, as a 2010 study conducted by the San Francisco Human Rights Commission found bisexuals to be around six times more likely to have mental health problems than heterosexuals. The study also incorporated data from a 2002 study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, which reported that rates of mental health issues amongst bisexual people were significantly higher than those amongst lesbians and gay men.

My partners and I constantly argue over whether our mental health is a function of our bisexuality, vice versa, or unrelated. – Phil

A YouGov poll from… Continue reading

Being Bi – Borderline Personality Disorder

118HUsually when we talk about sexual behaviour as a symptom, it’s metaphorical, but when you’re bi and living with Borderline Personality Disorder your sexuality really is seen as a symptom, representing emotional and social instability, promiscuity and volatility.  Friend of Biscuit Cat shares her experience navigating the way.

“I’m bisexual and I have a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), a serious mental illness marked by unstable moods, behaviour, and relationships that has been in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders since 1980.

Mental health issues are prevalent in the bi community, with a higher than average number of bisexuals having suffered from mental health problems at some point when compared to the general population. Bisexual women in particular are more likely to suffer (in a Biscuit poll earlier this year only 12% of respondents said they had never suffered from… Continue reading

Complicated? Report on Bisexual Peoples' Experiences with Public Services Launches

US_Navy_midwife_checks_on_a_momA new report into the experiences of bisexual people in the UK was launched today.

Complicated?, published by The Equality Network,  is the first UK research report to focus specifically on bisexual people’s experiences of accessing services.

The report reveals some worrying statistics including:

  • Two thirds of respondents feel they have to ‘pass’ as straight when accessing public services
  • Only a quarter of respondents feel comfortable being ‘out’ in LGBT spaces
  • Almost half (48%) of respondents reported having experienced biphobic comments. 38% have experienced unwanted sexual comments about their bisexuality
  • Just under half of respondents (44%) said they would only sometimes or never feel comfortable disclosing their sexuality when accessing sexual health services

It is particularly concerning that biphobia was most often reported when respondents tried to access NHS and LGBT services, which are key to health and wellbeing, but happily the report also… Continue reading