In an article posted by PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Gays and Lesbians), the authors cite frightening research that highlights:
- Suicide is the leading cause of death amongst gay and lesbian youth.
- Gay and lesbian youth are 2 to 6 times more likely to commit suicide than heterosexual youth.
- 30% of suicides committed by teens are committed by gay and lesbian teens.
These are alarming statistics, especially considering that it is estimated that around 10% of the population identifies as gay or lesbian. The article goes on to discuss mental health statistics of gay and lesbian youth and highlights many of the issues these individuals face. To read more about this article, please visit http://www.pflagphoenix.org/education/youth_stats.html.
This article stood out for me because there are minimal services that specifically target Gay and Lesbian Youth in the Greater Waterbury area.
As a mental health professional, I understand the effects of stress, depression, and anxiety as a few issues that come up for many youth. For Gay and Lesbian youth, many of these issues are amplified due a many different environmental factors.
If you are struggling with your sexuality and/or if you know someone who may benefit from additional support, feel free to contact me for more information at 203-572-2962 and/or firstname.lastname@example.org.