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Same-sex marriage laws linked to fewer youth suicide attempts
State legalization of same-sex marriage appears to be linked to a decrease in adolescent suicide, based on a new analysis published today in JAMA Pediatrics. The results give more context to the potential effects of social policy on mental health.

The researchers found that suicide attempts by high school students decreased by 7 percent in states after they passed laws to legalize same-sex marriage, before the Supreme Court legalized it nationwide in 2015. Among LGB high school students, the decrease was especially concentrated, with suicide attempts falling by 14 percent.

But in states that did not legalize same-sex marriage, there was no change.
health  politics  u.s.a.  lgbt  suicide  teens  statistics  science 
february 2017 by iamfantastikate
Christian teenager takes own life over misplaced fears about telling family she is a lesbian
A teenage girl hanged herself because she feared telling her devoutly Christian parents she might be gay, an inquest has heard. Elizabeth Lowe, 14, known as Lizzie, had confided in friends that she thought she might be a lesbian, but was struggling to reconcile her feelings with her own deep faith.
religion  christianity  teens  suicide  uk 
december 2014 by iamfantastikate
FBI reviews hanging death of black teenager
She last saw the youngest of her four sons alive as the middle linebacker prepared for a high school football game by putting together his uniform in the early hours of the day he died. His father told him that he needed to get some sleep before the game, his first after his mother made him take a year off from the team to focus on his grades. "OK, Daddy," he said. They then heard a door close, which was not unusual, Claudia Lacy said, because her son liked to run at night when the air was cool. About 13 hours later, she identified his body in the back of an ambulance. The swing set was in clear sight of about 10 trailers.
north-carolina  teens  suicide  u.s.a. 
december 2014 by iamfantastikate
Family, Friends Remember 12-Year-Old Boy Who Committed Suicide
Shimizu had previously attended Folsom Middle School, but was only recently being home schooled. He killed himself yesterday. “I didn’t see why people would tease him because he was so nice,” said a fellow cheerleader. Those who knew Shimizu say he was the only male cheerleader with the Vista Junior Eagles Cheer Team. “I heard that people called him gay because he was a cheerleader,” said.
suicide  children  education  california  sexism  equality  gender  equality  lgbt  u.s.a. 
december 2014 by iamfantastikate
India: Girls Found Hanging From Tree Killed Themselves, Not Slain By Rapists
The night the girls died, the younger girl had called her cousin's boyfriend and suggested they go to a local fair. The three left their homes after dinner, Prasad said. Later, the older girl and her boyfriend were caught by one of her relatives as they were about to have sex in a nearby field, she said. The girls apparently committed suicide because they were afraid of the reaction of their families and the stigma attached to what they had done, the spokeswoman said. Indian villages are extremely conservative and such a scandal would be difficult for a family to bear.
india  sexism  gender  equality  equality  sex  suicide  teens 
november 2014 by iamfantastikate
The haunting poetry of a Chinese factory worker who committed suicide
In most cases, Xu's suicide would have been yet another footnote in the vast, sweeping story of China's economic boom and transformation. He is one of a legion of young Chinese migrants who emerge out of rural obscurity to find work in China's teeming cities, only to end up crushed by both the dullness and stress of factory jobs, insufficient wages and a steady accumulation of personal disappointments. But Xu was a poet. And, after his death, his friends collected his work and got some published in a local Shenzhen newspaper.
poetry  money  china  abuse  suicide  writing 
november 2014 by iamfantastikate

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