Monday, March 25, 2019

New Study Uses NVDRS Data to Examine Suicides among Lesbian and Gay Male Individuals

New Study: Suicides among Lesbian & Gay Male Individuals

banner_NVDRS_310x100.pngAlthough the burden of suicidal ideation and attempts among sexual minority populations is high, useful and contextual information about the circumstances of suicide deaths among lesbian and gay male individuals is still limited. To our knowledge, this is the first study using data from a large, multi-state surveillance system to examine suicides among gay male and lesbian decedents across the lifespan.

Suicides among Lesbian and Gay Male Individuals: Findings from the National Violent Death Reporting System contributes to the suicide prevention field by expanding on the characteristics and precipitating circumstances of suicide among lesbians and gay men compared to non-lesbians and non-gay male victims using 2003-2014 data from 18 U.S. states in the National Violent Death Reporting System. The analysis revealed several differences by age, mechanism of injury, and known precipitating circumstances, including a greater presence of physical health, job, and relationship problems among gay male decedents, and intimate partner and other relationship problems among lesbian decedents. Current diagnosed mental health conditions and a history of suicide planning and intent were more common for both lesbian and gay male decedents. The findings underscore the importance of ensuring that suicide prevention efforts are culturally sensitive and consider the needs of sexual minority populations.

For more information, contact dvpinquiries@cdc.gov.

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