More than half of LGBTQ youth considered suicide because of the pandemic

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More than half of LGBTQ youth considered suicide because of the pandemic

Many LGBTQ youth were impacted during the pandemic by the closure of important businesses.

They had to go back into her parents or come in the closet, and in both cases their very challenging decision, told Yahoo Finance, Amit Paley, CEO of the Trevor Project. We hear these types of stories every day in the Trevor Project and our call volume has at times more than double our typical volume. It has a huge effect on the mental health of LGBT youth.

The Trevor Project is a non-profit that provides a national 24/7 hotline for LGBTQ youth in crisis Its 2018 current national survey on LGBTQ mental health in May revealed that 42% of LGBTQ youth seriously considered attempting suicide, up from 40% in their previous survey.

'The stay at home orders have been very difficult if LGBTQ youth don't have supportive families or parents, they would find that support in other physical settings before the pandemic starts. And so being trapped with parents or families that are unsupportive could really have an impact, he added.

According to the Trevor Project, only 1 in 3 LGBTQ youth found their home to be considered LGBTQ-affirming because of the viral outbreak. But it is spaces that affect LGBTQ youth that actually help reduce suicide attempts, according to the non-profit.

Many LGBTQ youth have found support on social media. 'Social media can be life saving. It allows them to have a sense of community. It allows them to connect with people who are like them. It gives them less lonely, added Paley.

While many LGBTQ women had positive experiences with social media, 88% said it harmed their well-being according to the Trevor Project.

Paley said 'There is going to be hate in the world and that can be challenging to face, said Rae. 'Be aware that there are many, many people in the world who are not only not being supportive and hate LGBTQ youth for being who they are.

The Trevor Project receives support in its mission of suicide prevention from numerous corporate partners, including FedEx, Bank of America, and Coca-Cola. Google has donated more than $1 million to the organization.

'Google has been an incredible partner to the Trevor Project and helping us leverage technology to serve more LGBTQ young people. Is it difficult to provide high quality service to a young audience that are trusting on it, said Paley. A lot of the work we've done with Google has been: How can I get the best practices in technology for LGBTQ youth and give them the best quality care that they have?

Paley says some companies are actively trying to make a difference with their work.

I think more people are watching companies and saying Is this company having steps to make the world better? And that's part of the calculus that consumers in deciding where to spend their money, Paley said.

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