In the Wake of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell: Suicide Prevention and Outreach for LGB Service Members.
Wilder, H.~~Wilder, J.
It is estimated that lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) individuals are three to five times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual counterparts. Factors linked to increased LGB suicide risk are overt and covert discrimination, internalized oppression, nondisclosure of sexual orientation, and lack of adequate social support. As the U.S. military adjusts to the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT), it will be imperative to understand and support service people who are struggling with many of these same issues. This article explores factors linked to suicidality and provides education for professionals working with LGB service people. Emphasis is placed on strategies for the provision of support and suicide prevention for members of this population.