What Are The Negative Effects Of Teen Suicide?

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Transgender youth are more likely to consider suicide than their heterosexual peers due to unequal treatment they face in health care, school, and at home. Numerous studies have shown a larger percentage of depression among transgender teenagers than among heterosexual teenagers. While depression is the leading cause of suicidal thoughts for teens living in the United States, the struggle with depression that many teenagers go through is magnified when they struggle with sexual identity or gender expression issues. Sexual orientation and gender identity issues are still stigmatized and can have a negative impact on the development of the teenage brain and psyche. Transgender teens face this struggle more so than anybody else in their schools, …show more content…
According to the CDC, 28.5% of teenagers in 2012 were depressed and 15.8% had considered suicide. This means well over 7 million teens were depressed and nearly 4 million had considered suicide. Persons identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (”LGBT”) in the United States have a suicide rate of 20%, and it is 50% for those who have disclosed their sexual identity, or “come out” (Haas, Rodgers, …show more content…
Transgender youth are much more likely to report high levels of bullying because of their sexual identity, and over 27% were threatened or injured with a weapon on school property in the past year, according to the CDC. Physical attacks can severely devastate a person 's mental state, and can be the final straw for a depressed teenager. Transgender students who didn’t experience bullying and who were in a positive school climate reported the lowest levels of depression, suicidal feelings, alcohol use, drug use, and unexcused absences. The safest environment for a transgendered student would be that of acceptance. Transgender teens hiding their true identities will not keep them safe, because it will be a strain on them mentally and physically until the day that information is released. When these teenagers finally expose their gender identity, it can cause a stir in the school setting. The best way to keep transgender students safe is if they could release that information from the moment they knew it was true without the scare of what other people would think of

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