ARTICLES, I NEED HELP: TEEN SUICIDE PREVENTION
Suicide Facts: LGBTQ and Aboriginal Youth
Studies have shown that thoughts of suicide and feelings of distress are prevalent among LGBTQ youth when compared to those who do not identify as LGBTQ. This is attributed to struggling with gender identity or sexual orientation, and the subsequent fear of rejection. Similarly, Aboriginal youth are more likely to be exposed to alcoholism, poverty, unemployment, and families that do not stay together. This catalyzes feelings of an uncertain future.
These are some of the facts about suicide among LGBTQ and Aboriginal youth:
- 33% of LGBTQ youth have attempted suicide in comparison to 7% of all youth
- Adolescents who have been rejected by their families for identifying as LGBTQ are over 8 times more likely to attempt suicide over someone who is not LGBTQ
- 20% of LGBTQ students have reported being assaulted or physically harassed about their gender identity or sexual orientation
- The leading cause of death of First Nations people between the ages of 10 and 44 is suicide
- Compared to non-aboriginal youth, the rates of suicide among First Nation, Inuit, and Métis youth are around 5 to 6 six times higher
- 60% of Aboriginal people who attempt and succumb to suicide, are acutely intoxicated at the time
If you identify as LGBTQ or an Aboriginal youth and struggle with thoughts of suicide, please ask for help. See our article on “How to Ask for Help,” which will provide you with the resources you need to get started.
Your life matters. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
“What You Should Know About LGBTQ Youth Suicide in Canada”, Egale: Canada Human Rights Trust
“The Facts on Youth Suicide”, National Aboriginal Health Organization
Author: Lindsey Locke | SOS Media Corp | Copywriter