New York schools fall short on LGBTQ suicide prevention policies: study
Added 09-18-19 08:13:01pm EST - “Trevor Project's National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health 2019 found that 39% of LGBTQ youth (and more than 50% of transgender and non-binary youth) have seriously considered attempting suicide in the past 12 months.” - Nydailynews.com
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More than 2 million students across New York State attend a school that doesn’t offer suicide prevention policies specifically addressing one of the most vulnerable populations: LGBTQ youth, according to a new study.
The report, conducted by the LGBTQ youth suicide prevention nonprofit The Trevor Project, also found that over one-third of school districts in the state don’t have any type of suicide prevention policy.
“It’s important to acknowledge the major role of schools when addressing the public health crisis of suicide — schools are where young people often spend a third of their day,” Amit Paley, the executive director of The Trevor Project, told the Daily News.
The rate of suicide among New York students ages 10-14 has doubled over the past decade, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control, and LGBTQ kids experience suicidal thoughts more frequently than their peers. A Trevor Project survey of LGBTQ youth found only a quarter of such students with suicidal thoughts report them to teachers or school counselors.
Yet New York school districts have a patchwork approach to suicide prevention. Out of more than 700 school districts contacted by the Trevor Project, a third confirmed not having an explicit suicide prevention policy, while 42% did have a policy and 25% didn’t respond. Only 2% of the existing policies specifically addressed LGBTQ youth, the report found.
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