The Swedish government has ordered the Public Health Authority to carry out an in depth study into the living conditions and mental health of transgender people.
The decision comes after a report showed that mental illness is widespread among transgender people in Sweden and a large percentage of them have at some point considered taking their own lives.
The authorities will also allocate project grants to non-profit organizations working with mental health and to prevent suicide among transgender people, with a focus on the young.
"Young trans people are a group where suicidal tendencies have increased in an especially clear way -- we can't have that. We need to make targeted efforts," said Minister for Social Affairs Annika Strandhäll. The Public Health Authority has been given 1.6 million kronor for the project.