Why Do Gay/Transgendered Youth Commit Suicide?

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Facts About Suicide – The Trevor Project

Read and discuss. The answer is hate; among their own families and others.

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  • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among young people ages 10 to 24.1
  • LGB youth seriously contemplate suicide at almost three times the rate of heterosexual youth.2
  • LGB youth are almost five times as likely to have attempted suicide compared to heterosexual youth.2
  • Of all the suicide attempts made by youth, LGB youth suicide attempts were almost five times as likely to require medical treatment than those of heterosexual youth.2
  • Suicide attempts by LGB youth and questioning youth are 4 to 6 times more likely to result in injury, poisoning, or overdose that requires treatment from a doctor or nurse, compared to their straight peers.2
  • In a national study, 40% of transgender adults reported having made a suicide attempt. 92% of these individuals reported having attempted suicide before the age of 25.3
  • LGB youth who come from highly rejecting families are 8.4 times as likely to have attempted suicide as LGB peers who reported no or low levels of family rejection.4
  • 1 out of 6 students nationwide (grades 9–12) seriously considered suicide in the past year. [5]
  • Each episode of LGBT victimization, such as physical or verbal harassment or abuse, increases the likelihood of self-harming behavior by 2.5 times on average.6
 
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Facts About Suicide – The Trevor Project

Read and discuss. The answer is hate; among their own families and others.

CTS ABOUT SUICIDE
FacebookTwitterEmail

  • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among young people ages 10 to 24.1
  • LGB youth seriously contemplate suicide at almost three times the rate of heterosexual youth.2
  • LGB youth are almost five times as likely to have attempted suicide compared to heterosexual youth.2
  • Of all the suicide attempts made by youth, LGB youth suicide attempts were almost five times as likely to require medical treatment than those of heterosexual youth.2
  • Suicide attempts by LGB youth and questioning youth are 4 to 6 times more likely to result in injury, poisoning, or overdose that requires treatment from a doctor or nurse, compared to their straight peers.2
  • In a national study, 40% of transgender adults reported having made a suicide attempt. 92% of these individuals reported having attempted suicide before the age of 25.3
  • LGB youth who come from highly rejecting families are 8.4 times as likely to have attempted suicide as LGB peers who reported no or low levels of family rejection.4
  • 1 out of 6 students nationwide (grades 9–12) seriously considered suicide in the past year. [5]
  • Each episode of LGBT victimization, such as physical or verbal harassment or abuse, increases the likelihood of self-harming behavior by 2.5 times on average.6
There are many theories as to why. Often, as with most things, people will latch onto one of the theories that tallies with their views and push it as the leading cause. So, some or many will blame homophobia as the leading cause. But you can have family maltreatment history, mental health issues, the feeling of being a burden on society, health as in terms of a greater HIV risk, group feeling etc.. There are loads of reasons.

Many more contemplate suicide but never actually do. Although CBT can help some issues, those that attempted suicide often receive CBT-SP treatment.
 
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Teen suicide is on a steep rise. Going up at an "exponential" rate, says the CDC.

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Teenage suicide rates have increased nearly 56% from 2007 to 2017. The rate of 6.8 deaths per 100,000 people between the ages of 10 and 24 has jumped to about 10.8 deaths. What’s worse, mental health experts have little explanation for what’s driving this increase, making it difficult to know what tack to take in terms of providing early intervention.

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There are many theories as to why. Often, as with most things, people will latch onto one of the theories that tallies with their views and push it as the leading cause. So, some or many will blame homophobia as the leading cause. But you can have family maltreatment history, mental health issues, the feeling of being a burden on society, health as in terms of a greater HIV risk, group feeling etc.. There are loads of reasons.

Many more contemplate suicide but never actually do. Although CBT can help some issues, those that attempted suicide often receive CBT-SP treatment.
My guess is one reason is, teenagers are vulnerable to peer pressure and social media makes them aware of the suicides of kids far beyond their own communities.

The internet exposes our kids to so many severe threats snd parents seem unable to take on board how dangerous it is.
 
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Teen suicide is on a steep rise. Going up at an "exponential" rate, says the CDC.

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Teenage suicide rates have increased nearly 56% from 2007 to 2017. The rate of 6.8 deaths per 100,000 people between the ages of 10 and 24 has jumped to about 10.8 deaths. What’s worse, mental health experts have little explanation for what’s driving this increase, making it difficult to know what tack to take in terms of providing early intervention.

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How do you increase anxiety? Give people choices, the power to make decisions. At one time, kids and the youth were told, now, they're empowered.
 
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How do you increase anxiety? Give people choices, the power to make decisions. At one time, kids and the youth were told, now, they're empowered.
You are correct that anxiety is sky-high among our teens and kids.


The modern parent has no capacity to guide their children through the rise of robotics and loss of employment opportunities, the climate crisis, the damage done by social media, etc. And to make matters worse, they use helicopter parenting techniques that deprive the kids of coping skills, etc.
 
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johnflesh

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Rates aren't just rising in teens either. It is rising in almost all age groups.
 
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It should be no shocker that sinful, destructive thoughts, behaviors and actions are the cause of depression and anxiety.
 

StanStill

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I know it's the go-to punching bag, but the internet really is turning everyone more and more into a completely atomized target of marketing, and much of marketing (especially beauty/fashion/tech toys/etc.) is geared towards cleverly making you feel inadequate without their product. It's been a trend of capitalism for a long time, made much more possible with mass communications of radio and television, and now amplified even further and creeping into every area of our lives.

At the same time, people are retreating more and more from basic socialization. Two of my friends' kids (both 13 year old girls) are absolutely terrified to go anywhere outside of school because they might run into someone they know. At first I thought it was just typical teenage "embarrassed at to be seen with my parents" but it really goes further than that. They have friends, but even with their friends, they prefer to "hang out at the house" because if they go somewhere public they might bump into someone they know, and they can't figure out how to handle that. Thank goodness they have to go to school, because if they didn't, I'm not sure they would ever go anywhere. They just play on their ipad/phones with their earbuds in all the time and learn about how great everyone else's lives are.
 

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It should be no shocker that sinful, destructive thoughts, behaviors and actions are the cause of depression and anxiety.
This is circular reasoning. The whole point of sin is that it's tempting and (as psychologists would say) reinforcing. It's the pleasures that sin provides that make people give in to sin. If sin caused depression and anxiety, that would be negatively reinforcing. Thus, your point is illogical.