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Prevent Suicide - Walk from Dusk to Dawn

June 27, 2009
Out of the Darkness Overnight Walks return to Chicago

Definitive information is currently lacking on whether gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender persons die by suicide more frequently than heterosexuals. However, research from several different countries does indicate that LGBT individuals have elevated rates of suicide attempts, as well as higher rates of depression and other factors that suggest increased suicide risk. Less well understood are the reasons underlying these higher rates, or how LGBT suicide in adolescents, adults and older adults can be effectively prevented.

In November 2007, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), along with the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, addressed these issues at a national conference on LGBT suicide in Chicago. AFSP and its partner organizations are now developing recommendations to address the need for professional and public education on these topics as well as treatment and suicide prevention initiatives specifically targeting LGBT persons. AFSP is also currently funding two research projects related to suicide in LGBT youth, and is committed to supporting further research on suicide and suicide risk in LGBT populations across the lifespan.

June 27, 2009, the Out of the Darkness Overnight Walks will return to Chicago. New research and prevention initiatives that address LGBT suicide will be supported by funds raised from the Overnight event. Call 1-888-The Overnight to get involved or visit TheOvernight.Org.

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