As the second leading cause of death for young people ages 10 to 24, suicide is a major problem facing our youth. LGBTQ youth are at particular risk; LGBTQ youth are nearly five times as likely to attempt suicide as compared to heterosexual youth.
In order to continue the expansion of the children’s mental health system, we must address the mental health crisis facing LGBTQ youth. Students who identify as LGBTQ are at a significantly higher risk of bullying in our schools. Each episode of LGBTQ bullying increases the likelihood of self-harming behavior by 2.5 times on average. This is a situation which requires a long-term solution.