In an article entitled, “Just one supportive adult cuts the chance an LGBTQ youth will attempt suicide by 40%” written by Gwendolyn Smith and featured on LGBTQNATION, we learn that:
“Suicide is the second leading cause of death amongst young people, and LGBTQ youth are four times more likely to consider, plan for, and attempt suicide than their non-LGBTQ peers.”
Four times more likely. That is a frightening reality for our LGBTQ youth and one that can be avoided. We know the reality of being supported; when we feel validated for our feelings, and know that someone will love us unconditionally for who we are, we feel the strength of that foundation. It gives us the freedom to move forward despite our fears.
The article also talks about the fact that although the parent of an LGBTQ youth is the ideal person for that role, any adult in a youth’s life will make a difference:
“While past studies have focused on the importance of parents who accept their LGBTQ children, this new report goes farther, finding out that any supportive adult can make a difference. Just over 27% reported who did not have a supportive adult in their live reported an attempted suicide in the last year, compared to just 17% among those who did have adult acceptance.”
Adult acceptance. It really is that simple. If you have an LGBTQ youth in your life, find ways to voice and show your support. Let them know that they are not alone, as you walk beside them. 🙂
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