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Sexual Orientation and Suicidal Behaviour in Young People: A Review

21st August 2017

The British Journal of Psychiatry has published a new review and meta-analysis on Sexual orientation and suicidal behaviour in adolescents and young adults. The review updates the heavily cited systematic review Mental disorders, suicide and self-harm in lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people (King et al., 2008). A decade ago, King and colleagues brought attention to the topic of the mental health of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) people. It found a 'two-fold increase in risk of suicide attempts in LGB people compared with heterosexual people of all ages.'

The latest review from the British Journal of Psychiatry found that '[s]exual orientation is associated with a higher risk of suicide attempt in young people.' However, it also determined that '[f]urther research is needed to assess completed suicide, and specific risk factors affecting the LGB population.'

You can read the review here.

You can read a response to the review from 'The Mental Elf' here.

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