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Sexual Minorities and Suicide: Fact Sheet

LGB people face stressors that are unique, including the experience of discrimination and institutional prejudice. Studies and surveys have shown many LGB people have thought about or attempted suicide, and previous behaviours such as these are the most reliable indicators of future suicide risk (Suicide Prevention Resource Center [SPRC] & Rodgers, 2011).

Why are LGB people at risk?
There are a few factors that put LGB people at risk of suicide, factors that can put strain on one’s mental health and potentially lead to thoughts of suicide.

Warning signs
Any significant change in behaviour or mood is a warning sign that someone may be thinking about suicide.

What can communities do to help reduce suicide among LGB people?
The implementation of policies and laws that protect LGB people from sexual-orientationbased discrimination and encourage acceptance can reduce suicide risk.

What can we all do to help reduce suicide among LGB people?
If someone you know is exhibiting warning signs, have an open, non-judgmental conversation with them.

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