25% of young gay men ‘have tried suicide’

A new survey finds that 25% of Gay or Bisexual men in Northern Ireland have tried to commit suicide. We don’t have a copy of the report, but the findings are based on three years of research on almost 200 gay men age 25 or younger. It identifies a number of issues: difficulties in accepting their sexuality; a shortage of people who understood what they were going through; homophobia at home, within society and at schools, even among teaching staff; and loneliness and isolation.

Update: A PA report notes that the general suicide rate in Northern Ireland has gone up by 50%

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