LGBT Veterans experience depression and suicidal ideations at twice the rate of heterosexual Veterans. Veterans who could not or did not serve openly in the military or concealed their sexual orientation while in service were associated with higher rates of depression and PTSD. LGBT Veterans may experience chronic stress from discrimination. This stress is worse for those who need to hide their sexual identity, as well as for those who have lost important emotional support because of their sexual orientation.
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Tyler Clementi : - Rutgers Suicide : When Rutgers freshman Tyler Clementi jumped to his death last week from the George Washington Bridge, he may have been reacting to a constellation of factors related to sexuality, public bullying and humiliation that put adolescents and young adults at a particularly high risk for suicide, mental health experts said. Apparently students at Greensburg High School bullied him for being gay, though he had not come out. Talked about how he was gay or whatever. Alex Hoa's poem is related to suicide but it sometimes disappears from cyberworld. Alex Hoa "knew he was gay at 6 years old, said it was easier for him to come out to the gay community than it was to tell other Vietnamese.
Despite strong indications of elevated risk of suicidal behavior in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, limited attention has been given to research, interventions or suicide prevention programs targeting these populations. This article is a culmination of a three-year effort by an expert panel to address the need for better understanding of suicidal behavior and suicide risk in sexual minority populations, and stimulate the development of needed prevention strategies, interventions and policy changes. This article summarizes existing research findings, and makes recommendations for addressing knowledge gaps and applying current knowledge to relevant areas of suicide prevention practice. Relatively little attention has been given to the problem of suicidal behavior in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender LGBT populations, despite reports of elevated risk for over four decades.