Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Talking About Suicide & Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender (LGBT) Populations

mThere has been signifcant news coverage of several recent suicide completions by youth that are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT). These highly publicized events have raised awareness about suicide risk among the LGBT population, but some of the coverage has "oversimplified or sensationalized a number of the underlying issues, and in some cases may have created the potential for suicide contagion risk" according to a new resource from a partnership between the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation [GLAAD], the Movement Advancement Project [MAP], and others.

Talking About Suicide & LGBT Populations provides detailed recommendations for more safely discussing suicide in public conversations and social media, while at the same time expanding public conversations about the well-being of LGBT people, promoting the need for family support and acceptance, and encouraging help-seeking by LGBT people who may be contemplating suicide. http://www.lgbtmap.org/effective-messaging/talking-about-suicide-and-LGBT-populations
Reposted at http://keystothecloset.blogspot.com
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