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Infographic about LGB Suicidal Thoughts & Experiences Data

LGB Youth Suicide

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Young people have suicidal thoughts & experiences especially lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) youth.

It could be someone you know. Teach love.

15% of heterosexual students and 43% of LGB students reported they seriously considered attempting suicide (during the 12 months before the survey).

12% of heterosexual students and 38% of LGB students made a suicide plan (during the 12 months before the survey).

6% of heterosexual students and 29% of LGB students attempted suicide at least once (during the 12 months before the survey).

2% of heterosexual students and 9% of LGB students attempted suicide and received treatment by a doctor or nurse for an injury, poisoning, or overdose (during the 12 months before the survey).

Prevention is possible!

Be the change in your community.

Enhance safety for all students.

Implement and enforce a school-wide anti-bullying policy.

LGB youth who attend schools with such a policy have a LOWER RISK OF SUICIDE.

Encourage help-seeking behaviors.

Ensure school staff care about who students are and what they learn.

Improve supervision of students.

Use school rules and classroom behavior monitoring.

Engage parents and caregivers.

Safe and supportive relationships and environments improve education, safety, and health for every student.

Help is available.

National Suicide Lifeline, Call or Chat 1-800-273-TALK (8255).


For the 2015 national Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 15, 713 questionnaires were completed in 125 public and private schools.

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