What Parents Need to Know About LGBTQ+ Youth and Suicide

Originally published at: https://www.bark.us/blog/lgbtq-youth-suicide/

In less than a decade, the number of kids hospitalized for thinking about or attempting suicide has doubled. This startling statistic shows a rising public health concern for America’s children. But there’s another story if you dig deeper into LGBT suicide. The numbers for suicide break down differently for kids who identify as LGBTQ+, and the drastic divide between them and their heterosexual peers is heartbreaking. According to the CDC’s 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance study, LGBTQ+ students report much higher rates of mental health concerns and suicidal ideation. Just how much higher? Let’s break it down. LGBT Suicide: A…