Most lesbian, gay, bisexual, LGB youth are happy and thrive during their adolescent years. Having a school that creates a safe and supportive learning environment for all students and having caring and accepting parents are especially important. Positive environments can help all youth achieve good grades and maintain good mental and physical health. However, some LGB youth are more likely than their heterosexual peers to experience negative health and life outcomes. For youth to thrive in schools and communities, they need to feel socially, emotionally, and physically safe and supported. A positive school climate has been associated with decreased depression, suicidal feelings, substance use, and unexcused school absences among LGB students.
Teen suicide attempts fall after legalization of gay marriage
Study: Teen suicide attempts fell as same-sex marriage was legalized
By Lisa Rapaport , Reuters Health. Reuters Health - - Lesbian, gay, bisexual and questioning LGBQ teens are more than three times as likely to attempt suicide as their heterosexual peers, a U. In a national survey of almost 16, youth, about 25 percent of LBGQ teens said they had attempted suicide at least once in the previous year, compared with roughly 6 percent of heterosexual teens, researchers report in the Journal of the American Medical Association. While some previous research has pointed to the increased suicide risks for sexual minority teens, the current study offers fresh evidence from a large, nationally representative survey of U. Overall, 89 percent of the participants identified themselves as heterosexual in the survey. Another 2 percent identified as gay or lesbian, while 6 percent said they were bisexual and 3. To assess suicide risk, participants were asked how many times in the past year they had seriously considered suicide, planned a suicide attempt or tried to kill themselves.
LGBT Mormon suicides
In society at large LGBT individuals especially youth are at a higher risk of depression , anxiety , and suicide. State and the suicide rates of that State, surmising the reason was due to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' stance on same-sex sexual relations. A research report found a negative correlation in suicide between LDS Church youth members and nonmember youth in Utah, finding higher levels of religiosity appear to be inversely associated with suicide, though the study does not take into account sexual orientation or gender identity and expression.
A Delaware Valley University faculty member co-authored a new study on gay, lesbian and bisexual youth suicide. According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lesbian, gay and bisexual youth in grades 7 through 12 are twice as likely to have attempted suicide as their heterosexual classmates. Audrey Ervin, an associate professor of counseling psychology at Delaware Valley University, has been working with a team of researchers to better understand factors that can contribute to this increased suicide risk. Adults need to be cognizant of how interpersonal variables impact psychological distress. When sexual minority youth harm themselves, it hurts whole families and communities.