Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Gay /Lesbian Teens

Gay and lesbian teens without family support are at greater risk of depression and suicide. Bolster their health by offering acceptance.

How to protect your gay or lesbian family members from mental health problems: Accept them.

Gay teenagers are more likely than their peers to be beaten up at school. They also have a higher risk of depression, substance abuse and suicide. One-third of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth have attempted suicide in their lifetime.

Accepting your child or young family member, regardless of his or her sexual orientation, can help decrease the risk, says a study in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing. Support from parents and caregivers not only helps protect LGBT youth from depression and suicidal behavior, but can promote well-being and self-esteem too.

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