by Jason St. Amand Suicide among gay youth has become one of the most talked-about issues within the LGBT community as well as in the mainstream media. Programs and organizations have been created on both a national and local level to prevent gay teens from taking their life, most notably the "It Gets Better" campaign. Communities Respond to Gay Teen Suicides :: EDGE Chicago
Video: Suicidal Ideation and Self-Harm in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth | IMPACT Program WHAT SHIELDS GAY YOUTH FROM SUICIDE? Love from family and friends offer most protection, while bullying causes highest risk. CHICAGO — What protects lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youths from considering suicide and, conversely, what makes them most vulnerable to it? The question is of paramount concern because these youths are at least twice as likely to attempt suicide than heterosexual youths, prompting the national “It Gets Better Project” with encouraging video messages from such public figures as Lady Gaga and President Barack Obama. Now the first longitudinal study to look at suicide ideation and self-harm in this population shows support from friends and family offers the most protection in preventing youths from thinking about suicide. Adolescents who know they can talk to their parents about problems and know they have friends who care about them are less likely to consider ending their lives, according to new Northwestern Medicine research.
UA and NYU researchers have received a $2.8 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health for the study, and over 1,000 LGBT youths ages 15 to 21 are expected to participate, hailing from San Francisco, Calif, Tuscan, Ariz., and New York, NY. Recruiting for the study starts now, said Stephen Russell, director of UA's Frances McClelland Institute for Children, Youth, and Families, and we will follow up every nine months. The study will compare those who are and are not victims of suicidal thoughts and behaviors, and will especially focus on representing the Southwest, often underrepresented in such studies. Such a study comes as more and more gay teen suicide stories flood everyday media coverage. Gay Teen Suicides Launch Nationwide LGBT Risk Study
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The count of gay teen suicides do to bullying last month stands at 9+
We’ve been following closely this story and wanted to update you on some on these tragic cases. There are now reports that say that Felix Sacco was bullied. On October 5, there was a report of a tenth victim of bullying who succumbed to suicide. Sadly, the initial report was taken down and all we have to go on is this report, although there are still reputable reports that the tenth September victim, Alec Henrikson, was the victim of a suicide. Alec was from Indiana, which would make him the third victim from Indiana in September. The problem is anti-LGBTQ bullying and harassment. UPDATED: September’s Anti-Gay Bullying Suicides – There Were A Lot More Than 5
Papers summarized below represent only studies done since 1990 that report on suicide of GLB youth (not adults). These papers represent studies, as opposed to reviews or commentaries on GLB-youth suicide. Only one of the studies that meet these criteria show no difference in suicide rates between GLB and non-GLB youth. This study was done post-mortem on youth who had committed suicide, and was the study presented to a national committee on GLB-youth suicide to the NIMH and APA committees, however there are fundamental problems with the methodology that call into question its validity in obtaining an accurate assessment of the sexual-orientation of the youth involved in the study. Suicide of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Youth
Prejudice, Social Stress, and Mental Health in Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Populations: Conceptual Issues and Research Evidence The study of mental health of lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) populations has been complicated by the debate on the classification of homosexuality as a mental disorder during the 1960s and early 1970s. That debate posited a gay-affirmative perspective, which sought to declassify homosexuality, against a conservative perspective, which sought to retain the classification of homosexuality as a mental disorder (Bayer, 1981). Although the debate on classification ended in 1973 with the removal of homosexuality from the second edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM; American Psychiatric Association, 1973), its heritage has lasted. This heritage has tainted discussion on mental health of lesbians and gay men by associating—even equating—claims that LGB people have higher prevalences of mental disorders than heterosexual people with the historical antigay stance and the stigmatization of LGB persons (Bailey, 1999).
Youth suicide risk and sexual orientation - Statistical Data Included | Adolescence
The Impact of Institutional Discrimination on Psychiatric Disorders in Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Populations: A Prospective Study
Bullying of LGBT youth has been shown to be a contributing factor in many suicides, even if not all of the attacks have been specifically addressing sexuality or gender. Since a series of suicides in the early 2000s, more attention has been focused on the issues and underlying causes in an effort to reduce suicides among LGBTQ youth. Suicide among LGBT youth
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Family support prevents LGBT teen suicide NORTHWESTERN (US) — Family and friends’ support helps counteract bullying and prevent suicide among sexual minority teenagers. The question is of paramount concern because lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trangender (LGBT) youths are at least twice as likely to attempt suicide than heterosexual youths, prompting the national “It Gets Better Project” with encouraging video messages from such public figures as Lady Gaga and President Barack Obama. Now the first longitudinal study to look at suicide ideation and self-harm in this population shows support from friends and family offers the most protection in preventing youths from thinking about suicide. Adolescents who know they can talk to their parents about problems and know they have friends who care about them are less likely to consider ending their lives, according to new Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine research published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
Preventing Suicide Among LGBTQ Youth | The Trevor Project