Factsheet

LGBTQ Youth Suicide

2013

LGBTQ Youth Suicide

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This factsheet was created by Dr. Margaret Robinson for Rainbow Health Ontario.

HERE’S HOW THE AUTHORS DESCRIBE THIS FACTSHEET:

Statistics on the numbers of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer (LGBTQ) people who consider or attempt suicide are based on self-reporting. Data on completed LGBTQ suicides are unavailable, since sexual orientation is often unknown or unrecorded. As a result, the figures on LGBTQ suicides, although alarming, are also underestimated.

A survey of Ontario students in grades 7-12 found that 9.5% (99,000 Ontario youth) have considered suicide within the past year. In addition, 2.8% (29,000 students) report attempting suicide within the past year. The survey did not ask about sexual orientation, but these figures are important for comparison with available LGBTQ data.

Robinson, M. (2013). LGBTQ Youth Suicide. Toronto, ON: Rainbow Health Ontario. Retrieved from http://www.rainbowhealthontario.ca/wp-content/uploads/woocommerce_uploads/2013/08/RHO_FactSheet_LGBTYOUTHSUICIDE_E.pdf

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