Talking about Suicide & LGBT Populations

Expansive news coverage of several suicide deaths of youth known or believed to be gay has resulted in an unprecedented national discussion about suicide risk among LGBT people. Some of that coverage, however, has oversimplified or sensationalized a number of the underlying issues, and in some cases may have created the potential for suicide contagion risk.

This guide, co-authored by GLSEN, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, GLAAD, the Johnson Family Foundation, the Movement Advancement Project and The Trevor Project, provides ways to talk about suicide more safely, while advancing vital public discussions about preventing suicide, helping increase acceptance of LGBT people, and supporting their well-being.

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