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Health Agencies Update
December 28, 2021

Suicide Risk Varies With Demographics and Sexual Orientation

JAMA. 2021;326(24):2463. doi:10.1001/jama.2021.22838

A study led by researchers at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) found that suicide risk among lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) adults varied depending on demographic characteristics, such as the individual’s age, gender, or race and ethnicity. The results were published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Previous studies have underscored the heightened risk of suicide among LGB individuals compared with heterosexual individuals. However, according to the study’s authors, limited research has assessed how risk differs based on someone’s sexual orientation as well as that person’s age, gender, or race and ethnicity.

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