Survey finds 40% of US LGBTQ youth considered suicide in past year

first_imgForty percent of young LGBTQ people in the United States say they have seriously considered suicide over the past 12 months, according to a survey released on Wednesday, while the figure climbs to more than 50% for transgender and non-binary youth surveyed.Although data on LGBTQ experiences is limited, studies have found that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer youth are more likely to attempt suicide than their peers.Among all people aged 10 to 24, suicide is the second-leading cause of death, according to the Trevor Project, a non-profit focused on suicide prevention among youth who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer including non-binary people, individuals whose gender identity or expression falls outside the categories of male and female. The survey was conducted between Dec. 2, 2019 and March 31, 2020 – mostly before the coronavirus outbreak began to sweep through the United States. It builds on the project’s first national survey released last year that found 39% of LGBTQ youth had seriously considered attempting suicide in the past 12 months.The pandemic is likely to have made matters worse for some young LGBTQ people, one of the communities that experts say could be affected at disproportionate rates by the coronavirus.”We’ve seen increased volume on our direct crisis services and at times that was more than double our typical volume,” Amit Paley, CEO and executive director of The Trevor Project, told Reuters. “There’s so many young people who are just cut off from their normal sources of support so they don’t have people or friends or resources they can turn to.”The survey, the largest of its kind, also showed that many LGBTQ youth lack the opportunity and means to access the mental healthcare they say they need. Nearly half (46%) of the 40,000 respondents said they wanted psychological or emotional counseling from a professional but were unable to receive it over the course of the past 12 months.In a time of pandemic, access to potentially life-saving care, including mental healthcare, has become more challenging for both patients and providers, exacerbating issues like isolation, access to hormone treatments and gender-related surgeries for many in the LGBTQ community.Telemedicine has proved very effective in providing services to many LGBTQ people during the pandemic, said Maureen Kelly of Planned Parenthood of Greater New York. But it also highlighted historic barriers facing LGBTQ people and youth like finding a provider that is competent to treat LGBTQ patients or reliable internet services.”We know that some, particularly Black and brown patients, are struggling much more in different ways with underpowered internet services,” Kelly said.Stuck at homeFor young queer individuals, being forced to isolate with unsupportive families might pose a further obstacle. Forty percent of LGBTQ youth reported in the survey that they were unable to receive care due to concerns over parental support.”Part of COVID-19 impacts families,” said Paley. “Families who might not be accepting when they’re facing stress because of losing their job or being out of work or fearing being out of work, they can often take out that anger or stress on LGBTQ youth in their life.”Devon Ritz, who helps run a Planned Parenthood support group for LGBTQ youth in upstate New York, said that when the pandemic forced their weekly meetings to go online, there was a lot of concern about isolation and young people in rural areas not getting the social support they needed.”The main reason our youth group started over a decade now ago was to reduce social isolation,” Ritz said. “So it’s definitely been exacerbated by COVID-19.” Topics :last_img read more

Player of the Week: Lassiter shoots SMB to 2-0 semis lead

first_imgNueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed View comments Lee catches fire as Magnolia torches NLEX to level semis series Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina The hot-shooting swingman, who hit four 3-pointers, didn’t just provide the scoring for San Miguel as he also collected eight rebounds, four assists and three steals.“Every game is gonna be hard and we came out working extremely hard,” Lassiter, who was named PBA Press Corps Player of the Week, told reporters after Game 2. “We give credit to Ginebra for they played extremely well in the first half. A lot of guys stepped up for them and it took us a while to figure out what they’re doing.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I just want to read the defense of Ginebra. I always want to play well and I want to continue to play team ball, just play our brand of San Miguel ball,” he said. “We know we have a great match over at June Mar (Fajardo) in the post so we want to continue attacking, and just play and keep being aggressive.”The 30-year-old also waxed hot in the semis opener with five triples en route to a 17-point outing, helping the Beermen take a 102-90 win despite having a quiet night from Fajardo. He also had five rebounds and five assists in that duel. GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lassiter hopes to continue his impressive play throughout the series starting in Game 3 on Tuesday at Mall of Asia Arena.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel Beer gained a 2-0 lead in its best-of-seven semifinals series against Barangay Ginebra and Marcio Lassiter was definitely a big reason for it.Lassiter scattered 25 points, including his team’s last six points inside the final minute, to lift the Beermen over the Gin Kings, 104-102, in overtime of Game 2 on Sunday night. His tip-in off a miss by June Mar Fajardo with 3.2 seconds left won it for SMB.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIEScenter_img Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more