This is our second post in September in honor of National Suicide Prevention Month and the great work that The Trevor Project does in this space. We are highlighting a great piece of research on suicide that was release this summer. Here is the summary:
Suicide remains a significant public health issue as the second leading cause of death among youth aged 10-24 years old in the United States (CDC, 2017), with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) youth reporting more than four times the rates of seriously considering suicide and attempting suicide compared to their peers (Kann et al., 2018, Toomey, Syvertsen & Shramko, 2018). The Trevor Project’s 2019 National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health found that 39% of respondents reported seriously considering attempting suicide in the past twelve months (The Trevor Project, 2019). A review of the research focused on sharing thoughts of suicide found that although most youth do not seek professional help, the majority do share their thoughts with their support network, especially peers (Michelmore & Hindley, 2012). However, the field has not explored if, and with whom, LGBTQ youth in particular share their thoughts of suicide. A better understanding of suicidal ideation disclosure among LGBTQ youth can help reduce disparities in suicide attempts by identifying the groups that should be equipped with tailored suicide prevention skills. This research brief uses data from The Trevor Project’s 2019 National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health to explore LGBTQ youth’s disclosure of suicidal thoughts.Research brief posted July 30th by the Trevor Project
If you would like to read this piece of great research you can do so after the jump!