The amount of support that a community has for its homosexual members is an independent risk factor for suicide attempts among lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) teens, according to a recent study of nearly 32 000 11th graders in 34 Oregon counties.
Mark Hatzenbuehler, PhD, of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, in New York City, analyzed student data from 297 schools and reported that LGB teens living in unsupportive surroundings had a 20% higher risk of attempting suicide than those in more supportive areas.
Voelker R. Community a Factor in Suicide Attempts by Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Teens. JAMA. 2011;305(19):1951. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.627