Research, as shown in Guiding Families, has long showed that LGBT+ youth are 2 to 8 times more likely to attempt suicide than their straight peers depending on whether they have family acceptance.

Acceptance can make a major difference in the life of any teen going through a crisis.

A new report from the Trevor Project shows that just one accepting adult can reduce the risk of a suicide attempt by 40 percent.

Support and acceptance from adults is greatly need by LGBT+ youth. Another report released in June by the Trevor Project shows that more than 1.8 million LGBT+ young people (ages 13 to 24) contemplate a suicide attempt each year in the United States.

The survey was conducted with over 25,000 LGBT+ young people in this age range as part of the Trevor Project’s 2019 National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health.

The findings from this study are critically important. Studies in the past focused on the impact of acceptance from parents in the lives of LGBT+ youth and children. This study shows that any supportive adult can have a beneficial impact on this demographic.

You may not be the parent of LGBT+ youth but that does not mean you cannot make an impact in the life of a youth in your life. Your support and acceptance can save a life. If you are interested in learning more about how you can support LGBT+ youth, you can learn more in our resource, Guiding Families of LGBT+ Loved Ones.

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The Trevor Project is the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for lesbian, transgender, bisexual, gay, queer, and questioning young people. The group offers a number of volunteer opportunities for adults, such as its 24/7 TrevorLifeline (866-488-7386), TrevorChat, and TrevorText programs, which offer young people feeling suicidal an avenue to talk.

Josh Proctor
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