Bullying and Suicide: The Mental Health Crisis of LGBTQ Youth and How You Can Help

Amir Ahuja, Cecil Webster, Nicole Gibson, Athena Brewer, Steven Toledo, Steven Russell

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Abstract

Responding to increased awareness of the plight of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth who may be isolated and subject to bullying, the Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists (AGLP) collaborated with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), the Trevor Project and the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) to present a symposium on Bullying and Suicide at the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Annual Meeting in 2013. The objectives of the symposium were the following: to understand the link between anti-LGBTQ bullying and mental illness and to identify ways to help such patients. To identify the academic research being done on anti-LBGTQ bullying, and how this informs tactics to combat this problem. To identify areas of weakness in the approaches being used, ways to improve them, and areas of future research. To identify ways clinicians can be involved in furthering the awareness of bullying of all kinds, including research on prevention efforts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)125-144
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health
Volume19
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 3 2015

Keywords

  • LGBT
  • adolescents and young adults
  • bullying
  • public policy
  • suicide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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