The LGBTQ+ Community & Suicide Prevalence
It may not be a well-known fact, but suicide is more prevalent amongst sexual minorities than heterosexual people; these rates amongst youth reach up to two to seven times greater.
Why? Why is it that the LGBTQ+ community are more likely to end their own lives? Well in 2015 a study found that quality of life ratings are lower for the LGBTQ+ community
than for heterosexual people. This study focused on life satisfaction, happiness, perception that things they do are worthwhile. Why? Why is it that people in the LGBTQ+ community have lower life satisfaction levels? Evidence has suggested that people within this community are more likely to experience a range of mental health problems. This has been found to be attributed to a range of factors such as; discrimination, isolation, and homophobia. Members of the LGBTQ+ community are at a greater risk of experiencing hate crime.
It has also been found that members often experience chronic feelings of loneliness and feelings of not belonging have a negative impact on people’s mental health.
Why? Why do we as a society partake in contributing to causing people to feel this way? Just imagine being made to feel so inadequate, unaccepted and therefore unhappy with who you are to the point that you feel taking your own life is the only route out.
Just because someone has a sexuality or classification that someone else cannot understand or relate to doesn’t mean that it is wrong.
It is so frustrating to be part of this community and to recognise that as a society we could improve lives dramatically with more understanding and less judgement. If society stopped sticking noses in other people’s lives in a negative manner people could be left to live life with who we want and identifying as who we wanted.
Maybe after reading this article have a think before you judge someone, think about the impact that may have on their life. Because at the end of the day, who are we to dictate and enforce how we believe people should be. Pride.