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#JamesDonaldsononMentalHealth – 39% of America’s #LGBTQ Youth Considered #Suicide in the Past Year: Brainstorm Health

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June is #LGBTQ Pride month, a memorial to the Stonewall riots of 1969 and celebration of Americans all across the sexual and gender identity spectrum. It’s also an opportunity to reflect on the significant societal discrepancies still faced by these marginalized groups despite progress over the past decade.

massive new survey by the Trevor Project, a nonprofit dedicated to preventing #suicide and boosting #mentalhealth among #LGBTQ youth, shines a light on just how far we have to go. The survey reached out to more than 30,000 young #LGBTQ Americans via social media targeting in what the group tells Fortune is a first-of-its-kind study. And the results are sobering.

“What stuck out to me was that we found 39% of respondents said they’d seriously considered #suicide in the past year,” said Amy Green, research director at the Trevor Project, in an interview with Fortune.

Green also points to a number of other concerning statistics in the study—including a number of metrics that had never been measured on such a wide scale to date. For instance, about 67% of respondents said that someone had tried to coerce them into changing their sexual orientation, whether voluntarily or through highly controversial (and in some states, illegal) conversion therapy. Among the relatively small group urged to go through conversion therapy, the rate of #suicide attempts was double compared to those who hadn’t undergone it.

“There are many resources out there for struggling #LGBTQ youth, including hotlines for people in crisis and the services provided by groups like the Trevor Project,” says Green. But ultimately, she adds, a larger number of visible allies and local actions—such as schools adopting anti-bullying policies, making clear that #LGBTQ youth are protected, and parents who speak up in support of their children—could be the key to reversing these tragic #mentalhealth trends.


   #JamesDonaldson notes:

Welcome to the “next chapter” of my life… being a voice and an advocate for #mentalhealthawarenessandsuicideprevention, especially pertaining to our younger generation of students and student-athletes.

Getting men to speak up and reach out for help and assistance is one of my passions. Us men need to not suffer in silence or drown our sorrows in alcohol, hang out at bars and strip joints, or get involved with drug use.

Having gone through a recent bout of #depression and #suicidalthoughts myself, I realize now, that I can make a huge difference in the lives of so many by sharing my story, and by sharing various resources I come across as I work in this space.  #http://bit.ly/JamesMentalHealthArticle



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