Measure Status: Active
Measurement Category: Category 1: measuring quantity of effort (counts and "yes/no" activities)
Service Type: Bottom level: public health services and systems
Service Recipient: Activities directed to families/children/youth
Goal: To annually increase the number of LGBTQ youth who have access to suicide prevention services.
Numerator: Number of LGBTQ youth who have access to suicide prevention services.
Denominator: Not applicable.
Significance: LGBTQ youth face a variety of challenges, both environmental and individual, that shape how they view themselves as well as their perception of how they view others. LGBTQ youth and those perceived as LGBTQ are at an increased risk of being bullied. Bullied LGBTQ youth, or youth perceived as LGBTQ are more likely to skip school, smoke, use alcohol and drugs, or engage in other risky behaviors. Lesbian, gay or bisexual youth are more than twice as likely as their peers to be depressed and think about or attempt suicide. LGBTQ youth suffer alarmingly high rates of bullying and violence in schools, alcohol and drug use, sexually transmitted infections (including HIV/AIDS), suicide and homelessness.
Some statistics include:
o 84.6 percent of LGBTQ students reported being verbally harassed, 40.1 percent reported being physically harassed and 18.8 percent reported being physically assaulted at school in the past year because of their sexual orientation.
o Nearly two-thirds (61.1 percent) of students reported that they felt unsafe in school because of their sexual orientation.
o 38.4 percent of LGBTQ youth drank alcohol before age 13, compared with 21.3 percent of heterosexual youth.
o LGBTQ youth report rates of suicide attempts from 20 to 40 percent and lifetime prevalence suicide attempt rates ranging from 7 to 20 percent as adults.
To help LGBTQ youth better manage their life experiences, support from adults is essential and, in some cases, life changing. Parents and caregivers play an important role in the self-esteem of any child; receiving support from their parents and/or caregivers is integral to the positive physical, mental and emotional health of LGBTQ youth. While some LGBTQ youth may not receive support and positive reinforcement from parents and/or caregivers, the support they receive from one staff person at a local agency (possibly a manager, facilitator or program director) can positively affect their outcomes.
Data Sources and Data Issues: Data collection and analysis will be performed by the Grantee. It will be a grant deliverable as required by the work statement and reported to DOH via quarterly reports.
This ESM is not directly linked to NPM 9, but is linked to the following priority: Protective factors are established for adolescents and young adults prior to and during critical life stages.
Unit Type: Count, Unit Number: 1,000