Study finds that 1 in 5 queer young adults attempted suicide last year
A new study has found that around 20 percent of queer young adults attempted suicide last year, shining a light on a pressing issue in the LGBTQ+ community.
These results come from the Trevor Project, who conducted a study of queer people between the ages of 13 and 24. With around 34,000 respondents, it's the biggest study of its kind.
"This ground-breaking survey provides new insights into the challenges that LGBTQ+ youth across the country face every day, including suicide, feeling sad or hopeless, discrimination, physical threats and exposure to conversion therapy," said the Trevor Project, and unfortunately, the reading isn't all good for young LGBTQ+ mental health.
Approximately 39% of LGBTQ+ youth surveyed had considered suicide over the past 12 months, and close to twenty percent of those actively attempted suicide. That number was as high as one in three for transgender youth, and the results also go through the final details of the survey.
The survey also found that two out of three LGBTQ+ youth reported that someone had tried to "change" their orientation or their gender identity, while 71 percent of youths reported discrimination because of their status. "It’s important to note that LGBTQ youth are not at higher risk of suicide because of their sexual orientation or gender identity," Trevor Project CEO Amit Paley said in a statement.
"They are at a higher risk because they face harmful rejection and discrimination from friends, families and communities that can make them feel their lives are worth less than their straight or cisgender peers.
"That is why it is so important that we work tirelessly to let LGBTQ youth know that they are beautiful as they are, that they are deserving of respect, and that they are not alone."
Experts hope the results will help to raise awareness about the issues LGBTQ youth face, especially to mental health professionals and loved ones of queer individuals. "Suicide is an ongoing public health crisis for young people in the US, especially among LGBTQ youth," Paley continued in his statement.
"Better understanding the mental health experiences of LGBTQ young people is a major step in addressing their significantly higher risk for attempting suicide," added Paley.