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New Study Examines Causes of LGBT Suicide

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A team of suicide and mental health researchers says it has found evidence to prove that gay youth and adults do in fact have higher rates of lifetime reported suicide attempts than their straight counterparts.

It also found that such behavior could be attributed to a combination of mental health problems and discrimination.

The 26-person panel was led by Dr. Ann Haas, the director of prevention projects for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Haas tells OutQ News that the panel’s goal over the past three years was to identify what it knew about suicide, and then use that to close the potential “knowledge gaps” in helping to prevent such deaths.

Haas says the group looked into the impact of factors like institutional discrimination and depression on LGBT suicidal behavior. She says uncovering such data has led her team to recommend that groups come together to allocate resources to help fight the problem.

HAAS: “What we’re hoping is that people who really, you know, will be impacted by these findings themselves, will step up–LGBT organizations will come into this, and that together, we really can begin to chip away at achieving these recommendations.”

The report is available online, and will appear in the Journal of Homosexuality on January 19th.

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Written by Xorje Olivares

January 10, 2011 at 7:40 AM

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