The higher risk may be the result of a lack of peer support, the harassment, and mental health conditions leading to a higher rate of substance abuse issues. “For LGBTQI people aged 10-24, suicide is one of the leading causes of death. LGBT youth are 4 times more likely to attempt suicide. Questioning youth are 3 times more likely attempt suicide” (Inside/Out Youth Services,
Homosexuality has been more accepted in our society during the past years, (even though we still have a lot of work to do) but now, bisexual people are the one that have to face many of the prejudices the gay community faced before. The same (stupid) things that had been said to homosexuals: that they were disgusting, unnatural, having sex with everyone or confused about their sexuality, are now what bisexuals are hearing about them. And one of the craziest part of it is that many gays are repeating this against people
This issue is very high in adolescent nowadays, and the rates are increasing. There are a number a reasons why adolescent take their own lives, or even have thoughts of doing so. The possible mental illness him or her has, or their experience and perception of life has been pushed to the point where they cannot handle living anymore. Although it is said that suicide in adolescents and young adults is ridiculous, and that they are being selfish, but wanting to end their own lives happens to them too. Types of Suicide According to Emile Durkheim, there are four different types of suicide.
The many reasons for why people commit suicide is endless, and there are many different cases of suicide in the different types. Most adolescents that have suicidal thoughts or attempt suicide, are diagnosed with clinical depression or another mental disorders. (AFSP) People diagnosed with clinical depression who get the help they need from therapists, counsellors, etc, have a lower risk of committing suicide than those who leave their illness unattended. (Kahn) However, the other people that are living with different circumstances, and backgrounds, or have experienced tragic events have an increased higher risk of suicide if they didn’t get the help they needed. Experiencing a serious loss could affect lives as well, such as becoming unemployed, losing homes and/or money.
Females are twice as likely to attempting suicide than males while males are four times more likely to attempting suicide and more chance of dying. Women are more likely than men to attempt suicide by poisoning. It’s between the ages of 45 and 64, and for men is at the rate that occurs at the ages 75 and up. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people between the ages of 15 to 34. It appears that among the racial and ethnic groups,
Besides, William Institute researchers found out that the ‘straight’ resumes are seemingly more accepted by employers than ‘gay’ resumes. (Burns and Krehely, 2011, p.2) With the respect of health, according to Better Health Channel, “gay men and lesbians have higher rates of mental health disorders than the rest of the population.” This could results in “obesity, smoking and unsafe alcohol and drug use”, and last but not least, LGBTs are “more likely to self-harm.” Reported in a study in Taiwan, about 1 in 5 Taiwanese gay people have committed suicide. (PinkPaper,
4 in 5 LGBT people have experiences hate crime, and more than a quarter have experienced some violent form for hate. For some it’s harder to come out than others. We have a society very much influenced by the medias. Young ordinary gay people reflects themselves in the famous gay people, even though the circumstances are more than different. Barbara Ellen from The Guardian discusses topics such as “homophobia” and “coming out – issue” in our modern society.
Although, it is not uncommon for older teenage women to attempt suicide, “Suicide mortality increases considerably in the late teens and continues into the early twenties for both males and females. Although females are more likely than males to attempt suicide, males are roughly five times as likely to succeed in their suicide attempts”(Otsuki). Therefore, it is not abnormal for Esther to be feeling overwhelmed since she has to make so many decisions about her life. But that does not give her a reasonable excuse for not seeking assistance from a more qualified physician. Later she finally admitted to being in denial, and got treatment.
This was the highest number of deaths reported to the BJS Deaths in Custody Reporting Program since 2007 (www.ncjrs.gov). The leading cause of death is Suicide and heart disease is the second leading cause of death in prisons. One reason why inmates committed suicide is because of depression. They are numerous reasons why inmates become depressed. One reason why inmates are depressed is because of lack of support from family and friends or even just being able to see their family and friends, of course this falls in the category of their sentence.
What impacted me the most was reading about the fact that, according to one survey among transgender Americans, more than 40% have tried to commit suicide. And, that 's in stark comparison to only 1.8% of the general public. (Grant et al.,2011) It impacted me particularly because it seems bad enough that they 're discriminated against and targeted for violence by so-called straight people and haters but the high percentage of the members of the LGBT community that simply want to get away from all of it by taking their own lives is especially sad. Maybe if people would learn to accept them and embrace their individuality, there would not only be less intolerance and violence against them but more of them that have the opportunity to love life instead of trying to end it. These attempted suicide figures impacted me because they speak to me of a genuine sense of despair among people who are members of the LGBT
population (National Alliance on Mental Illness, 2016). Common mental health disorders that face this population include anxiety disorders, major depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and alcoholism. Also, Latina and Hispanic adolescent girls have high rates of suicide attempts. Without treatment, these conditions can worsen and become disabling and potentially life threatening. Even though Latino and Hispanic communities have similar susceptibility to mental health illnesses compared to the general population, the community is less likely to seek mental health care.
In the United States alone, an average of 20 people per minute are physically abused (National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, n.d.). This is a frightening statistic and what is even more frightening about it is the fact that it is one hundred percent preventable. Intimate Partner Violence can be defined as physical, sexual, or psychological harm caused by a current or former partner/spouse. It is important to note that Intimate Partner Violence can happen in both men and women; however, it is more prevalent in women. It is very difficult to determine the presence of Intimate Partner Violence because several of the victims choose to remain silent about their attacks.