Depression among LGBT Teens

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A presentation developed through collaboration between the University of Michigan Taubman Health Sciences Library and Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, MI. This work is discussed in more detail in "Synergism between a Teacher and Librarians in a High School Setting" by Merle Rosenzweig, Anna Ercoli Schnitzer, and Katy Mahraj.

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Depression among LGBT Teens

  1. 1. VIDEOS! xD <ul><li>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XekXTKeIffg </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckN4UbmU1vI </li></ul>
  2. 2. Depression Among LGBT Teens Anna Mayne YooJin Chang
  3. 3. Negative images…
  4. 4. Stand up if you have ever heard someone use any of these terms:
  5. 5. Depression: Depression is a mental disorder that is shown by depressed mood, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, low energy, and poor concentration .
  6. 6. <ul><li>Symptoms of depression </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of sleep/too much sleep </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of concentration </li></ul><ul><li>Easy tasks become difficult </li></ul><ul><li>Feelings of hopelessness and helplessness </li></ul><ul><li>Cannot control negative thoughts </li></ul><ul><li>Loss of appetite </li></ul><ul><li>More irritable and ill-tempered </li></ul><ul><li>Suicidal thoughts </li></ul><ul><li>Unexplained aches and pains </li></ul><ul><li>Loss of energy </li></ul>
  7. 7. L esbian G ay B isexual T ransgender Q uestioning A llies
  8. 8. Reasons for depression among gay teenagers <ul><li>Isolation </li></ul><ul><li>Harassment </li></ul><ul><li>Bullying </li></ul><ul><li>Confusion </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of support </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Family </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Friends </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>School (counselors, teachers) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Church or youth group </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Against ones religion </li></ul><ul><li>Gay marriage is illegal </li></ul><ul><li>Shame within family or church </li></ul><ul><li>Discrimination </li></ul>
  9. 9. Suicide rates <ul><li>LGBTQ youth contemplate suicide at a 2.6 times greater rate than </li></ul><ul><li>straight-identified youth. </li></ul><ul><li>LGBTQ youth actively plan suicide at a 2.6 times greater rate than straight-identified youth. </li></ul><ul><li>LGBTQ youth attempt suicide at a 4.0 times greater rate than </li></ul><ul><li>straight-identified youth. </li></ul><ul><li>LGBTQ youth require medical attention for suicide attempts at a </li></ul><ul><li>5.1 times greater rate than straight-identified youth. </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>As many as 7.2 million Americans under age 20 are lesbian or gay. </li></ul><ul><li>45% of gay males and 20% of lesbians experience physical or verbal assault in high school; 28% of these young people feel forced to drop out of school due to harassment based on sexual orientation. </li></ul><ul><li>According to Kinsey, 28% of boys and 17% of girls have one or more same-sex experiences before age 20. </li></ul><ul><li>80% of lesbian and gay youths who took part in a 1987 study reported severe isolation. </li></ul><ul><li>Every day, 13 Americans ages 15 to 24 commit suicide. In 1989, suicide was the leading cause of death among gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered youths; 53% of transsexual youths surveyed in 1981 had attempted suicide. Lesbian and gay youths account for up to 30% of all completed suicides among youths. </li></ul><ul><li>In December 1993, Massachusetts became the first and only state in the country to outlaw discrimination against lesbian and gay students in public schools. </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>33% of gay men and 34% of lesbians reported suffering physical violence at the hands of a family member as a result of their sexual orientation. </li></ul><ul><li>28% of gay and lesbian high school students in a national study were seen to have dropped out of school because of harassment resulting from their sexual orientation. </li></ul><ul><li>80% of lesbians, gay and bisexual youth reported severe isolation problems. They experienced social isolation, emotional isolation and cognitive isolation. </li></ul><ul><li>53% of students report hearing homophobic comments made by school staff. </li></ul><ul><li>85% of teachers oppose integrating lesbian, gay and bisexual themes in their curricula. </li></ul><ul><li>42% of homeless youth identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual. </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>LGBT people are more likely to… </li></ul><ul><li>Suffer from substance dependence/abuse </li></ul><ul><li>Suffer from alcohol dependence/abuse </li></ul><ul><li>Suffer from depression and other mental health illnesses </li></ul><ul><li>Commit suicide </li></ul><ul><li>Have suicidal thoughts/tendencies </li></ul><ul><li>Participate in self harming activities </li></ul><ul><li>Experience hate crimes </li></ul><ul><li>Get into a fight in school </li></ul><ul><li>Due to the problems in our society that have yet to be fully acknowledged. </li></ul>
  13. 13. There are ways to help.
  14. 15. Resources

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