Suicide Risk and Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual (GLB) Youth
The November 2006 issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health included an article about what protects GLB youth from suicide risk. The research suggested that gay, lesbian and bisexual (GLB) youth are particularly vulnerable to suicidaal feelings, although family connectedness, teacher caring, other adult caring, and school safety all protect youth from suicide attempts.
Data for the article came from the 2004 Minnesota Student Survey of 9th and 12th grade students in which 21,927 sexually active youth were grouped according to the gender of their sex partner(s) into GLB and non-GLB groups. Four protective factors and suicidal ideation and attempts were compared across groups. The results reported that:
- 2,255 respondents had same-gender experience;
- over half of GLB students had thought about suicide;
- and 37.4% reported a suicide attempt.
Do me a favor and tell your kids - in whatever way you can - that you love them unconditionally, and that you love them no matter what their sexual orientation is or will be. Be clear - say the words - "you know that I love you more than anything in the world, and that I would love you just as much if you were gay, lesbian, or bisexual, too!" Don't let your teens have a secret that could kill them!
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