Queer Futures Report: Understanding lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) adolescents’ suicide, self-harm and help-seeking behaviour
International research demonstrates that LGBT youth are at much higher risk of suicide and self-harm compared to their heterosexual or cisgender counterparts. Evidence in the UK is sparse and only beginning to establish sexual and gender identity as a risk factor for adolescent suicide and self-harm, and as a result of this research scarcity we also know very little about help seeking behavior. The Suicide Prevention Strategy (2012) identified LGBT youth as a high risk group but currently there is limited evidence to develop effective suicide prevention policy and practice.
This study aimed to provide national evidence on LGBT youth suicide, self-harm and help-seeking behaviours in order to support the Suicide Prevention Strategy (2012) and reduce the risk of suicide in LGBT young people.
Below is the report summary and full report.