By Linda Carroll , Reuters Health. 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.
LGBT youth at higher risk for suicide attempts
Suicide among LGBT youth - Wikipedia
Research has found that attempted suicide rates and suicidal ideation among lesbian , gay , bisexual , transgender LGBT youth is significantly higher than among the general population. The passage of laws that discriminate against LGBT people have been shown to have significant negative impacts on the physical and mental health and well-being of LGBT youth; for example, depression and drug use among LGBT people have been shown to increase significantly after the passage of discriminatory laws. 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 regarding sexuality or gender. Research by the Family Acceptance Project has demonstrated that "parental acceptance, and even neutrality, with regard to a child's sexual orientation" can bring down the attempted suicide rate. Numerous studies have shown that lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth have a higher rate of suicide attempts than do heterosexual youth. It is impossible to know the exact suicide rate of LGBT youth because sexuality and gender minorities are often hidden and even unknown, particularly in this age group. Further research is currently being done to explain the prevalence of suicide among LGBT youths.
Suicide and Violence Prevention
This section synthesizes information relevant to these two areas. Some recent nonrandom surveys of self-identified transgender people indicate that up to one-third reported attempting suicide at least once, with higher rates for youth and young adults than for older adults. Research has found that lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth have much higher levels of suicidal ideation than their heterosexual peers. LGBT youth may be more likely to use substances to cope with bias and stress and may be more likely to experience increased rates of depression and anxiety than their non-LGBT peers. For example, one study found that youth who experienced a moderate level of family rejection were 1.
Harold S. Koplewicz, MD. Eighteen-year-old Tyler Clementi, year-old Billy Lucas, and year-olds Asher Brown and Seth Walsh were living in different corners of America—New Jersey, Indiana, Texas, and California—but each of them was subjected to the same kind of intolerance and cruelty, including a callous violation of their online privacy. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among adolescents , and gay teens are 4 times more likely than straight teens to attempt suicide.