According to a new study, young bisexual and gay men are prone to suicide. The young men are more depressed and prone to self-violent behavior than the ones that are over 45 years of age. But the behavior is not linear, some ethnicities being more affected by depression than others.
The London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene found that bisexual and gay men who are less educated, poor, or black are even more predisposed to develop depression or commit suicide than their older, whiter counterparts.
Stigma still plays an important role in the LGBTQ community, lots of members being bullied and attacked by school colleagues. Furthermore, it seems that the neighborhood in which a person lives is also important for his overall mental health status.
But age is the most important variation. According to the study, six percent of all surveyed gay and bisexual men under the age of 26 reported that they had at least one suicide attempt in the previous year while the percentage of those over the age of 45 that tried to take their lives was of only one percent.
Moreover, black gay and bisexual individuals are five times more likely to try and end their lives than white men with the same sexual orientation. Also, they are found to have twice as many chances of developing a chronic depression.
Asians are not very lucky, either. The authors of the study have found that they have more chances of developing depression and attempting to end their lives than white, educated, older men.
The researchers that made the study believe that social pressure is a key factor in this equation. Younger men that are openly gay and bisexual must confront the prejudice of their peers. School can be very difficult when other boys are calling you names, writing offenses on your locker, or desk.
Young bisexual and gay men are prone to suicide because they must face the judgment of other people more often than those who have experience in the matter. Apart from their colleagues at school, young bisexual and gay individuals worry about the opinion of their parents.
Moreover, the scientists believe that older bisexual and gay men cope better with social injustice because they fare well in other domains like their job and their family.
Also, it seems that there are differences between the status of mental health of gays and bisexuals, the latter being more depressed.
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