STUDY: Religion Increases Likelihood Of Suicide Attempts For LGBT People

Put simply, God isn’t helping LGB people deal with their issues. At least that’s what the results of a new study from the Williams Institute says.

According to the research, only about 16 percent of LGB people who made a serious suicide attempt sought mental health treatment from a health professional prior to the attempt. About 13 percent sought religious or spiritual treatment prior to the attempt. Sounds normal so far, but here’s the kicker: The study found that “seeking treatment from a mental health or medical provider did not reduce the odds of a suicide attempt.” And if respondents reached out to clergy of some sort, things got worse.

Let’s repeat that: If respondents sought help from spiritual guides, they were more likely to commit suicide than those who sought no treatment at all. Full story here!

WGB: Do you find these findings surprising?