Preventing suicide Research
Suicide is the ninth leading cause of death in Canada, responsible for nearly 4,000 deaths each year (Navaneelan, 2012). While everyone is susceptible to the feelings of hopelessness and despair that precede suicide, for some groups suicide is a more common reality. As one striking example, rates of suicide are five times higher in indigenous communities than in non-indigenous peoples in Canada. Rates are also higher among those who are unemployed or who lack social support—from partners, close friends, or family. A common theme in the societal patterning of suicide is one of social marginalization.People who are excluded or disconnected are more likely to end their lives early.
Most significantly, these results highlight the need for national and provincial strategies to address the LGBT suicide disparities in Canada. Groundwork for such strategies can be found in existing policy documents, including the BC Provincial Health Officer’s Report on HIV among Gay and Bisexual Men. The next step is for community actors and policy-makers to work together to develop specific initiatives to address this disparity.
Preventing suicide among gay and bisexual men | Travis Salway Hottes, Olivier Ferlatte, Joshun Dulai | CA | Sep 2016
Preventing suicide among lesbian, gay and bisexual young people: toolkit for nurses
Toolkits to help nurses understand mental health issues in relation to LGBT sexual orientation and identity in young people.
Preventing suicide among lesbian, gay and bisexual young people: toolkit for nurses | Public Health England | Royal College of Nursing | Mar 2015