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Survey on Suicide Prevention amongst Queer Youth

by our Editors in Health & Body , 28 juli 2018

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Researchers from the University of Groningen and Movisie are conducting a survey into the experiences of professionals and volunteers working with gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender youths suffering from suicidal thoughts. In addition to “hands-on” experts, the researchers also seek out professionals and volunteers who want to share their experiences in a group interview, which will take about one and a half to two hours.

Some young people are faced with negative experiences or situations related to their sexual orientation or gender identity. These negative experiences or situations can negatively affect their health. GLBT youth is more likely to suffer from mental health problems and have more suicidal thoughts compared to heterosexual and non-transgender adolescents. Furthermore, these young people do not know how to ask for professional help as well, or professional help does not meet their needs, and care providers sometimes do not know how to act. The researchers want to conduct interviews with GLBT young adults who have suffered from suicidal thoughts, and also with professionals who work(ed) with these young people.

The researchers are interested to know what experiences young GLBT adults have (had) with support and professional help with regard to suicidal thoughts, and what needs this group of young people has regarding professional help for suicidal thoughts. The researchers would also like to discuss the needs and wishes regarding support and professional help with those who have not asked for professional help or support. They are looking for young adults between the ages of eighteen and thirty, who call themselves gay, lesbian, bi or transgender, have thought of suicide or have attempted suicide and want to share their experiences in an interview.

The researchers consider it important that young people who want to participate in an interview have not attempted suicide in the past two years, and that their level of suicidal thoughts is low. The interviews will be conducted by Jennifer de Lange (researcher at the University of Groningen) and will take about an hour. The results of the interviews will be displayed anonymously.

For parents at first it can be difficult to hear that their child has a different sexual orientation or gender identity, or to notice that their child experiences unpleasant situations. Parents can be protective and support their child. The researchers therefore also want to know what experiences parents have in dealing with their lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender child with suicidal thoughts. They are therefore looking for parents of young GLBTs who have suffered from suicidal thoughts or have attempted suicide and want to share their experiences in an interview. These interviews will be held by telephone or Skype by Afiah Vijlbrief (researcher Movisie) and will take about an hour. The results of the interviews will be displayed anonymously.

See the RUG website for more information about participation. Do you need help? You can always contact 113 Suicide prevention at 0900 0113 of at   113 is available 24/7.



published May 2015       


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