Understanding Suicidal Distress and Promoting Survival in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Communities
Overview of the study:
Given the growing consensus that LGBT people experience elevated rates of suicidal thoughts, intentions and behaviours (King et al 2003) and that this is linked to discrimination (Warner et al, 2004), this study focused on generating a qualitative understanding of the way in which suicidal distress is experienced by members of the LGBT community in Brighton & Hove. The second aim was to document strategies and resources LGBT people found useful in minimising their suicidal distress in order to inform local and national suicide prevention strategies. The project was funded by Brighton & Sussex Community Knowledge Exchange Programme (BSCKE) in order to foster better links between universities and community partners and to exchange knowledge that is beneficial for both the university and the local community. The research is a collaborative endeavour and co-owned by MindOut, Allsorts and the University of Brighton.