Federal government websites often end in. This site is secure. Bullying puts youth at increased risk for depression, suicidal ideation, misuse of drugs and alcohol, risky sexual behavior, and can affect academics as well. It has beneficial psychosocial and developmental effects for youth, too. There are important and unique considerations for strategies to prevent and address bullying of LGBTQ youth.
How to Make Friends in the GLBT Teen Community
Incredible Advice For Teens Who Are Growing Up Gay And Their Families
Feeling like you are the only gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender teen can be pretty awful. Most of us like to have a community that we can feel a part of and gay teens are no different. However, it can be tough stuff, finding other gay teens. But rest assured, it can be done. Whether you are hoping to meet friends, or interested in dating , it is likely someone else is in the same boat. You can work on finding other gay teens locally, or you can use the internet to make connections with GLBT teens from all over. And while there are certain precautions you should take, both online or off, meeting people who get you, can be done.
One in four pre-teen suicides may be LGBTQ youth
Youth 12 to 14 years old who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender are much more likely to die by suicide than their heterosexual peers, a disparity that persists but becomes less pronounced by early adulthood, a U. While 24 percent of the suicide deaths in the 12 to 14 age group were among LGBTQ youth in , this dropped to 8 percent of suicides among young adults 25 to 29 years old, researchers report in the Journal of Adolescent Health. Higher suicide rates among LGBTQ youth have been documented before, but the current analysis of suicide deaths over two years among Americans 12 to 29 years old offers fresh insight into what factors are most likely to contribute to these fatalities, said study author Geoffrey Ream of Adelphi University in Garden City, New York. The researchers looked at national data on 10, suicides, limiting their analysis to the 2, individuals whose sexual orientation or transgender status was noted in their records. The study team found that most of those who died by suicide, about 73 percent, identified as heterosexual males.
However, discrimination, prejudice, denial of civil and human rights, harassment and family rejection are still tragically common for people with these identities. LGBTQ people with mental health conditions may also find themselves fighting a double stigma. Confronting these challenges and mental health symptoms with an LGBTQ-inclusive therapist can lead to better outcomes, and even recovery. Early intervention, comprehensive treatment and family support are key to helping LGBTQ people live well with a mental health condition.