Discussions about suicide deaths often rely heavily on numbers and statistics. the following research-based findings may be helpful in understanding the complexities of suicide ideation and behavior.
- A suicide attempt is not a strong predictor of completed suicide. Four out of five people (80%) who die by suicide are male. However, three out of every four people (75%) who makes a suicide atempt are female.
- Suicide rates generally increase with age, with the highest rates among those in the midlife years.
- There is very little solid information available about suicide deaths among LGBT people. For this reason, be careful not to misrepresent data on suicide attempts by LGBT people as indicative of LGBT suicide deaths. The two are not the same.
- In U.S. surveys, lesbian, gay and bi adolescents and adults have two to six times higher rates of reported suicide attempts compared to comparable straight people.
- Surveys of transgender people consistently report markedly high rates of suicide attempts.
- Two key suicide risk factors for LGBT people are individual-level factors such as depression and experiences of stigma and discrimination, including anti-LGBT hostility, harassment, bullying and family rejection. There is growing evidence that the two factors are linked.
LGBT Suicide Resources and related links and Articles
- Centerlink: The Community of LGBT Centers - Exists to support the development of strong, sustainable LGBT community centers and to build a unified center movement.
- The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network - The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.
- The National Coalition for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health - The National Coalition for LGBT Health is commited to improving the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and communities through public education, coalition building and advocacy that focus on research, policy, education and training.
- Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays - PFLAG is a national non-profit organization with over 200,000 members and supporters and over 500 affiliates in the United States. This vast grasroots network is cultivated, resourced and serviced by the PFLAG national office, located in Washington, D.C., the national board of directors and 13 regional directors.
- The Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States - SIECUS was founded in 1964 to provide education and information about sexuality and sexual and reproductive health.
- SoulForce - The purpose of Soulforce is freedom for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from religious and political oppression through the practice of relentless nonviolent resistance.
- It Gets Better Project - The It Gets Better Projects mission is to communicate to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth around the world that it gets better, and to create and inspire the changes needed to make it better for them.
- The Trevor Project - The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention service to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth.
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