Study reveals just one kind act from an adult to LGBT+ child cuts suicide rates
LGBT+ youth have some of the highest rates of suicide across the globe.
Between struggling with their identity, bullying or fear of coming out to their family due to the risk of rejection, young LGBT+ people content with a lot when it comes to their mental health.
Recent research revealed that knowing that they have the support of an adult can significantly reduce LGBT+ teens chances of attempting self-harm or suicide.
The study conducted by the Trevor Project found that just one kind act from an adult to an LGBT+ youth reduced the likelihood of them attempting suicide by 40 per cent.
34,808 young people took part in the survey, with 25,896 included in the final sample.
Out of the group studied 20,202 had disclosed their orientation to their parents or another adult they trusted.
Shockingly over 27 per cent who did not have a supportive adult in their lives reported an attempted suicide in the last year, compared to just 17% among those who did have adult acceptance.
The Trevor Project also found that over 1.8 million LGBTQ people ages 13-24 considered suicide each year.
Most of those — 1.2 million — are just between the ages of 13-18.
LGBT+ youth are four times more likely to attempt self-harm or suicide than their peers. If you are concerned for your child or another young person you know you can contact Shannon's Hopeline for more advice.