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Stressors, Mental Health, and Sources of Support Among LGBTQ Public High School Students in New York City

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Author(s): The New York City Department of Health

Published: Sept. 20, 2017

Report Intro/Brief:
“Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth (LGBTQ)1 are more likely to experience bullying and homelessness, placing them at greater risk of depression and suicide, compared with their non-transgender heterosexual peers. Using data from the 2015 New York City Youth Risk Behavior Survey (NYC YRBS) and two focus groups, this brief describes experiences of harassment, separation from guardians, mental health concerns, and sources of support among LGBTQ youth.

LGBTQ youth experienced a higher prevalence of bullying and living away from guardians than non-LGBTQ youth. LGBTQ youth reported more depressive symptoms, suicidal ideation, suicide attempts, and non-suicidal self-injury than non-LGBTQ youth.”

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