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Sexual Minority Teens More Likely To Consider Suicide, Finds Study Suicide, a major public health concern, claims one American life every 12.3 minutes, with approximately 1.1 million attempts during a year. Considered to be the 10th leading cause of death nationwide, the suicide rate among American Indian/Alaska Native adolescents and young adults (aged 1524) were 1.5 times that of the national average in the year 2016. More Info :

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Sexual Minority Teens More Likely To Consider Suicide, Finds Study • Often linked to a diagnosable mental health illness or a substance use disorder, suicide attempts among teens can also be associated with stress and self-doubt, loss and disappointment, financial uncertainty and the pressure to succeed. • Some of the risk factors associated with suicide include exposure to trauma or violence, bullying and peer pressure, sexual abuse, family history of suicide attempts as well as sexual orientation.

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Sexual Minority Teens More Likely To Consider Suicide, Finds Study • Teen years is a time when many young people start to discover their sexual identity. However, questioning one’s sexual orientation and coming to terms with their sexuality can create a lot of complications for teens. • For starters, there is always the pressure to confess and talk openly, the fear of being mocked by friends and family, and the inner turmoil that often leads a young child to believe that living is no longer of any worth.

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Increased Risk Of Suicide Among Sexual Minorities • The current study took into account the nationally representative survey of U.S. high school students. The authors took data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) National Youth Behavioral Risk and used it to calculate the link between a teen’s sexual orientation and suicidal thoughts or attempts. • In the 2015 survey, 89 percent of the study participants had identified themselves as heterosexual, 6 percent as bisexual, 2 percent as gay or lesbian, while 3.2 were unsure about their sexual identity.

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Increased Risk Of Suicide Among Sexual Minorities • To examine the suicide risk, the participants were asked the times they had seriously considered suicide, planned or tried to kill themselves in the past year. • The results offered a stark contrast between the two groups. As compared to 15 percent of heterosexual teens, 40 percent of sexual minority teens had considered suicide. • Additionally, the researchers also observed an increased risk of suicidal attempts with 35 percent of sexual minority teens having made an attempt as compared to only 12 percent of heterosexual teens.

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Teen Suicide is Preventable • While suicide risk factors may vary with age, gender, family dynamics and environmental influences, parents, peers and school authorities can recognize the warning signs and take immediate action to nip the problem in the bud. • One can seek professional help from certified child and youth mental health experts and prevent the worse nightmare from coming true.

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Mental Health Treatment For Teens  

Teens Mental Health Helpline Adolescence, the transitional period between childhood and adulthood, is accompanied by many physical and emoti...

Mental Health Treatment For Teens  

Teens Mental Health Helpline Adolescence, the transitional period between childhood and adulthood, is accompanied by many physical and emoti...

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