No child is immune to the risk of suicidebut statistics show some kids may be more vulnerable than others to thoughts of ending their lives. Many different factors, and combinations of them, can contribute to suicide risk. Awareness of the following risk factors can help parents recognize if their child needs extra supervision, support, and chances to talk.
Reuters Health - Teens who hide their true sexual orientation are at higher risk for suicidal behaviors, a new study suggests. The study focused on teens who either identified as gay or lesbian but had sexual contact with only the opposite sex or with both sexes, or who identified as heterosexual but had sexual contact with only the same sex or with both sexes. These teens — who are experiencing what researchers call sexual orientation discordance - have a significantly elevated risk for suicide, investigators warn in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
Reuters Health - LGBT adolescents are more likely than other kids their age to try to kill themselves, a new analysis confirms. Data pooled from 35 earlier studies show that sexual minority youth were more than three times as likely to attempt suicide as heterosexual peers, researchers report in JAMA Pediatrics. Transgender youth were at highest risk, nearly six times as likely to attempt suicide as heterosexual peers, researchers reported.
Adolescence 10 — 19 years is a unique and formative time. Whilst most adolescents have good mental health, multiple physical, emotional and social changes, including exposure to poverty, abuse, or violence, can make adolescents vulnerable to mental health problems. Promoting psychological well-being and protecting adolescents from adverse experiences and risk factors which may impact their potential to thrive are not only critical for their well-being during adolescence, but also for their physical and mental health in adulthood. Adolescence is a crucial period for developing and maintaining social and emotional habits important for mental well-being.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is dedicated to supporting efforts to learn more, and to developing and expanding the direction of suicide prevention strategies, programs and practices that serve the unique needs of LGBTQ populations. It is our hope that by doing so, we can meet the challenge of suicide in sexual orientation and gender identity minority populations, raise awareness, and save lives. The Consensus Conference summarized and discussed research findings and made recommendations for closing knowledge gaps to reduce suicidal behavior in LGBT people.
Teen suicide is when a child ends his or her own life. It can be impulsive or planned. Not all suicide attempts lead to death.
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Did you know that suicide is the third leading cause of deaths amongst teens in the United States? As those rates climb, researchers are on the hunt to figure out what causes teens to take their life. The survey polled around 7, high school students across the United States.
Although most Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex LGBTI Australians live healthy and happy lives, research has demonstrated that a disproportionate number experience poorer mental health outcomes and have higher risk of suicidal behaviours than their peers. These health outcomes are directly related to experiences of stigma, prejudice, discrimination and abuse on the basis of being LGBTI. This document aims to provide a snapshot what is known of the current mental health and wellbeing outcomes of LGBTI people in Australia.
The death by suicide of a 9-year-old Colorado fourth grader underscores the challenges surrounding youth mental health — particularly the risks LGBTQ kids face. Jamel Myles was found dead of suicide just days after his mom said he came out as gay to his classmates, the Denver Post reports. Myles, who had come out to his family over the summer, reportedly faced significant bullying from his classmates as he began the new school year. And kids of minority sexual orientations are at elevated risk.