Survey shows how mental health issues affect some young LGBTQ people


A national survey of LGBTQ youth showed a staggering 45% seriously considering attempting suicide in 2021.

As the world continues to celebrate Pride Month, KVUE Daybreak wanted to highlight some of the mental health issues affecting young LGBTQ people.

A national survey of LGBTQ youth, commissioned by The Trevor Projectshowed that a staggering 45% seriously considered attempting suicide in 2021. More than half of these people identified as transgender or non-binary.

The survey also showed that students with access to safe spaces at school had a lower rate of suicide attempts than students who did not have the same access.

The Ali Forney Center is the largest LGBTQ community center in the country. It provides housing, food, health care, education and job opportunities to those in need.

The center’s president and executive director said things can get bleak for LGBTQ kids who fall through the cracks.

“It’s ugly and young people are forced out into the streets, sometimes violently chased from their homes,” said Alex Roque.

Nearly 40% of the homeless youth population in the United States identifies as LGBTQ.

If you or someone you know is in a dangerous situation because of your gender identity or gender, The Trevor Project has a 24/7 crisis line. You can call 1-866-488-7386 or text the word “START” to 678-678.

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