GIRES Research Award for 2012

See the GIRES Annual Research Awards page to read about the awards and the criteria used by the GIRES trustees in evaluating entries for the annual award.

The Trustees of GIRES are very pleased to announce that its latest research award has been made to the Authors of the Trans Mental Health Study 2012 (PDF, 3MB):

  • Jay McNeil
  • Louis Bailey
  • Sonja Ellis
  • James Morton
  • Maeve Regan

The Trans Mental Health Study is based on an online survey that generated responses from 889 people who had personal experience of transgender healthcare.

The publication of the Study coincides with the development of new UK standards of care for gender dysphoria in adults and substantial changes in the commissioning of NHS specialist care for transgender people. The Study factually justifies a major and sustained effort to improve treatment in several of the gender identity clinics and within general practice.

The Study shows that:

  • 42% had waited at least a year to be seen within a gender identity clinic
  • 58% felt that waiting had led to a worsening of their mental health or emotional wellbeing
  • 46% of those seen at a gender identity clinic had experienced difficulties that included administrative errors, restrictive protocols, problematic attitudes and unnecessary questions/tests
  • 20% had wanted to harm themselves in relation to or because of involvement with a gender identity clinic or health service

The Study reinforces the case for offering speedy and benign treatment:

  • 85% were more satisfied with their body since undertaking hormone therapy
  • 74% felt that their mental health had improved as a result of transitioning