BOMBARDED Part 3: Mental health struggles weigh heavily on LGBTQ+ youth

Oregon’s youth depression and suicide rates consistently outstrip the national average for youth across the board – but for LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) youth, the numbers paint an even gloomier picture for mental wellness. 

Half of LGBTQ+ youth reported they had considered suicide and one fourth attempted suicide in 2017, according to the Oregon Healthy Teens Survey.  

While all youth can struggle with their mental health, LGBTQ+ youth . . .

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