Saturday, April 30, 2011

Suicide Rate Goes Down for Gay and Lesbian Teenagers in Supportive Communities

Suicide Rate Goes Down for Gay and Lesbian Teenagers in Supportive Communities
By Denise Witmer, About.com Guide April 20, 2011

"According to a study reported in Pediatrics, gay and lesbian teens have a lower rate of suicide attempts in communities that support them. This support came through awareness or support groups at school or just a higher density of same sex couples in the community. This is good news - although it is still high at 20% of gay or lesbian teens in those areas reporting that they had attempted suicide at least once - hopefully as communities become more diverse, we will see less teen suicide due to differences in sexuality."

This is such a no-brainer. Love and support kids and they will tend to thrive. It's hard enough to be a teen in the best of communities and circumstances. Add fear, hatred, prejudice, and ridicule and it's a wonder any teen makes it to there twenty's.

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