KINDNESS AND INCLUSION REDUCE SUICIDE RATES FOR EVERYONE
October 18, 2017
A leading researcher of vulnerable and marginalized adolescents including LGBTQ students said more inclusive school climates — including Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) — reduced suicides and suicide attempts by 50 per cent for straight males in B.C. last year.
“Suicidal thoughts and attempts actually go down by half [for straight males] in schools with GSAs and inclusive LGBTQ policies across the province,” Dr. Elizabeth Saewyc, author of the study, said.
It is no secret to us who work in suicide prevention that bullying is a significant cause of suicide attempts. While young people across all demographics can be bullying victims, those in the LGBTQ community are bullied three times more than their cisgender peers. Suicide is the number one cause of death across all LGBTQ demographics.
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