Year: 2015 Source: Toronto, ON.:Egale Canada.(2013).20 p. SIEC No: 20150074

Every year, an average of five hundred Canadian youth take their own life (Statistics Canada, 2008). What is unknown, however, is how many of these youth identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, Two Spirit or queer, or are struggling with questions about their sexual orientation or gender identity (LGBTQ). What is apparent today is that LGBTQ youth experience a high degree of vulnerability to suicidal ideation and behaviour, both in Canada and the United States, particularly in comparison to their non-LGBTQ peers: approximately half of LGBT youth have thought about suicide, and they are over four times more likely to attempt suicide than their non-LGBT peers

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