‘You can’t change who you are, you can’t change your soul’

Almost 60 per cent of transgender people above the age of 18 have been diagnosed with depression in their lifetime, according to the National LGBTI Health Alliance. Mojo reporter  Yuchong Liu reports on mental health trauma experienced by some of Melbourne’s transgender community members.

If you have been affected by any of the issues raised in this story, there are several free helplines which offer confidential counselling and support:

 Lifeline: 13 11 14

beyondblue: 1300 22 4636

Transcend (help for trans and gender diverse children): http://www.transcendsupport.com.au/resources/

Acon: https://www.acon.org.au/who-we-are-here-for/transgender-people/