LGB Suicide Prevention

Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Suicide Toolkit

The Royal College of Nursing working with Public Health England has produced a toolkit for nurses to help prevent suicide in lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) young people.

When explaining the reason for this publication the introduction reads:

The phrase ‘lesbian, gay, bisexual’ or ‘LGB’ refers to a broad group of people who are highly
diverse when it comes to gender, sexual orientation, race/ethnicity, and socioeconomic status.
It can be a sensitive subject, especially for young people who may be confused about their
sexuality, or may fear discrimination and stigma. Because of time spent with clients/patients,
nurses may develop a trusting relationship, which may encourage the disclosure of sensitive
information regarding an individual’s sexual orientation.

Aims of LGB Suicide Prevention Toolkit

  • To equip nurses with the knowledge and skills for providing effective support to LGB youngsters and cut the risk of suicide.
  • Allows nurses to offer sensitive and specific care to this group
  • Give nurses more confidence in addressing self-harm and suicide

Why LGB Suicides?

The youths in this group are at a higher risk of suicide than their heterosexual peers because of stigma, discrimination and rejection from society.

To download the pdf toolkit click here

See also questionnaire on LGB click here

Other At Risk Groups

Recently figures about suicide in occupational groups show the rate for men was around 3 times higher than women. But that the number of women committing suicide was on the increase.

If you need Help

If you are struggling to cope, please call Samaritans free at any time, from any phone on 116 123 (UK and ROI), email jo@samaritans.org, or visit the Samaritans website to find details of the nearest branch.

Resources are also available online: “U can Cope” includes a film and resources that are designed for people in distress and those trying to support them, to instil hope, promote appropriate self-help and tell people about useful strategies and how they can use for help and support; “Staying safe if you’re not sure life’s worth living” includes practical, compassionate advice and many useful links for people in distress.

copied from: https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/deaths/bulletins/suicidesintheunitedkingdom/2015registrations

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