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U.S. Study Shows 39% Of LGBTI Youth Considered Suicide In Past 12 Months

LGBTI youth and suicide
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The results of a new report have once again highlighted the major issue of LGBTI youth and suicide, with 39% considering attempting suicide in the past 12 months.

The findings from the Trevor Project’s first-ever report on LGBTI youth mental health were derived from data received from over 34,000 respondents, and is being described as the “largest survey of LGBT youth mental health ever conducted and provides a critical understanding of the experiences impacting their lives.”

The report found that:

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• 39% of LGBT youth seriously considered attempting suicide in the past 12 months with more than half of transgender and non-binary youth having seriously considered it.

• 71% of LGBT youth reported feeling sad or hopeless for at least two weeks in the past year

• Less than half of LGBT respondents were out to an adult at school with youth less likely to disclose their gender identity than sexual orientation.

The study is now the most comprehensive of its kind, however, is only the latest of many to confirm that LGBTI youth are at a disproportionate risk of suicide, an issue that many mental health professionals say needs to be prioritised by governments, schools, and health care sectors.

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