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LGBTQ2S Youth Suicide
LGBQT2S youth are especially vulnerable to mental health concerns, and face increased risk of physical and sexual exploitation, substance use and suicide. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people ages 10-24. LGBTQ2S youth are 14 times more at risk of suicide than straight cisgender youth.
The TransPULSE study (2010) investigated the health needs of trans people across Ontario, and they found:
- 77% seriously considered suicide
- 45% attempted suicide
Supportive environments are key to mental health
Youth who identify with, and are connected to, the LGBTQ2S community have significantly less internalized homophobia than youth who are not connected to their community. Family acceptance of LGBTQ2S adolescents is associated with good mental and physical health in LGBTQ2S youth. Risk of suicide decreases by 93% with strong family support.
Why are LGBTQ2S people at higher risk?
Benibgui, M. (2011). Mental health challenges and resilience in lesbian, gay and bisexual young adults: Biological and psychological internalization of minority stress and victimization. Concordia University, Montreal.
The Trevor Project (2016). Facts about Suicide.
Travers, R., Bauer, G., Pyne, J., & Bradley, K. (2012) Impacts of Strong Parental Support for Trans Youth. A report prepared for Children's Aid Society of Toronto and Delisle Youth Services.
TransPULSE (2010); Bauer, G., Boyce, M., Coleman, T., Kaay, M., Scanlon, K., Travers, R. (2010). Who are trans people in Ontario? Toronto: Trans PULSE E-Bulletin. Report No:1(1).
LGBTQ2S Youth Homelessness in Canada Infographic Links
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Our Fostering an Inclusive Shelter Environment for LGBTQ2S Youth curriculum and infographics were developed in collaboration with Dr. Alex Abramovich and A Way Home, a national coalition dedicated to preventing, reducing and ending youth homelessness in Canada. Development of this new resource has been generously supported by TD Bank and The City of Toronto.