Risk of Suicide High Among Young Gay People

by Savitha C Muppala on October 8, 2013 at 8:25 PM
 Risk of Suicide High Among Young Gay People

BeLong To, the national organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered young people conducted a research to assess the mental health of young people in the 17- 25 age group.

The insight revealed that 6 per cent of heterosexuals in the group had attempted suicide, as against 19 per cent of gay or lesbian young people and 24 per cent of young bisexual people who had taken a decision to end their life and even attempted it.


"We weren't surprised at the findings because they confirm previous research in Ireland which shows that LGBT young people are extremely vulnerable to mental health difficulties and that they are particularly at risk in the areas of depression and self-harm," says Dr Carol-Anne O'Brien, advocacy co-ordinator for BeLong to Youth Services.

When young people are confused about their sexuality, they can feel isolated and alone. They are also vulnerable to bullying and all these negative experiences can fuel anxiety and depression.

Dr O'Brien said "It is important to mention that young people are not alone, that there is a network of services available and that there are important initiatives taking place within the schools. We want young people to know that the situation is not hopeless, improvement is happening, we see real change, but these young people can feel isolated," she said.

Source: Medindia
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