Gay youths among highest suicide victims in Canadian Province [BC]

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    Dec 06, 2008 3:05 PM GMT
    "The coroners service report found the highest young people at risk for suicide were males, aboriginal children and youth, and gay, lesbian and bisexual youth who were questioning their sexuality."

    http://www.365gay.com/news/gay-youths-among-highest-suicide-victims-in-canadian-province/

    Evidently, people in BC like to use the bridge as their method of choice...

    "The panel also called on the government to modify five B.C. bridges responsible for 50 per cent of suicide deaths by people who jumped between 1991 and 2007. ...

    Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon said the government is examining erecting suicide prevention barriers on Vancouver’s Lions Gate and Ironworkers Memorial bridges, ... ."



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    Dec 06, 2008 6:09 PM GMT
    This is very distressing to me as a Vancouver resident. I know GLBT youth make up a significant number of suicides across the planet. We are losing our children and youth to homophobia. At that age the family and school are their worlds and it's hard for them to imagine the escape and freedom possible for them later in life. It saddens me.icon_sad.gif
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    Dec 06, 2008 6:14 PM GMT
    It's a Pacific Northwest thing. Ask Seattle.

    Reading the headline, I have to ask...just how high are these youths?

    Seriously though, I don't think it's any secret that a higher percentage of gay folks kill themselves than do the population at large.

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    Dec 06, 2008 6:15 PM GMT
    It is not surprising that with a negative stigma attached to being gay that this happens. I wonder how gays are treated in Canada as opposed to other places? I remember being shocked at this recent statement but am not sure what people in general think of homosexuality in Canada ..

    http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/CanadaVotes/2008/10/01/6941636-sun.html
    SUDBURY — Police are investigating whether an independent federal candidate committed a hate crime by telling high school students homosexuals should be executed.

    David Popescu was invited to participate in a federal candidates' discussion at Sudbury Secondary School yesterday. He made the comment after a student asked his opinion of gay marriage.


    I would think instead of suicide prevention barriers that some sort of suicide awareness program would be in order.
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    Dec 06, 2008 6:38 PM GMT
    With the exception of the bridge, this is true in nearly every corner of Canada and the US.

    From the GLSEN 2007 School Climate Surveythe 2005 Massachusetts YRBS found that
    sexual minority youth2 were more than four times as likely as other
    youth to have attempted suicide in the past year (21% versus 5%).3
    In addition, results from the California Healthy Kids Survey, a biennial
    survey similar to the YRBS, found that students who were victimized
    in school because they were, or people thought they were, gay or
    lesbian were more than three times as likely as students who were
    not harassed for this reason to have missed school because they felt
    unsafe (27% versus 7%).4
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    Dec 06, 2008 9:39 PM GMT

    Bridge suicides are nearly the smallest percentage of suicides in BC.

    Here:

    http://www.pssg.gov.bc.ca/coroners/publications/docs/stats-suicide-1997-2004.pdf

    About 1/3 of all attempted youth suicides in BC are LGBT.
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    Dec 06, 2008 10:15 PM GMT
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    Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon said the government is examining erecting suicide prevention barriers on Vancouver’s Lions Gate and Ironworkers Memorial bridges, ... ."





    Seems to me that suicide-proofing the bridges is the most arse-about way of addressing this problem!
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    Dec 07, 2008 2:42 PM GMT
    No surprise at least for me. If you Google "Gay Youth" you will get several sites that offer phone lines for gay youth who are contemplating suicide ("The TrevorProject" is an interesting one).

    We know it is a problem but not sure how big. How many guys that kill themselves when they are teens and everyone wonders "why?" are because they are gay? Many gay teens hide well by dating girls and doing all the right things so no one is suspicious.

    One of the positive aspects of being a gay teen today is the number of young adult writers that are producing high quality novels. Brent Hartinger, Alex Sanchez, David Levithan, David Berman and a MySpace friend of mine Josh Aterovis are all very good. They write about real gay teens and the struggles they face accepting themselves with honesty, humour and at times pathos.

    As for the barricades across the bridges that is an effective option, but I am not sure how many it will really prevent. There is one now across the Bloor viaduct in Toronto after the high-profile suicide of a man who was molested by a pedophile who worked at Maple Leaf Gardens.
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    Dec 07, 2008 2:54 PM GMT
    makeumyne said
    Caslon8000 said
    Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon said the government is examining erecting suicide prevention barriers on Vancouver’s Lions Gate and Ironworkers Memorial bridges, ... ."





    Seems to me that suicide-proofing the bridges is the most arse-about way of addressing this problem!


    This.
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    Dec 07, 2008 3:27 PM GMT
    "In the 15 suicides examined, these personal crises were cited as factors in the following number of cases:

    Family discord: 7

    Arguments with parents: 7

    School problems: 6

    Romance break-up: 5

    Argument with partner: 5

    Parental separation/divorce: 5

    Death of a relative: 5

    Physical abuse or assault: 4

    Displaced from family: 4

    Death of a peer: 3

    Extensive use of video games: 3

    Religious issues: 3

    Issues with the law: 3

    Issues with sexual orientation: 2

    Sexual abuse or assault: 2

    Victim of bullying: 2

    Instigator of bullying: 2

    Recent move of home/school: 2

    Internet use issues: 2

    Job problems: 2

    Pregnancy: 1

    Gang activity: 1

    Emotional or verbal abuse: 1"

    Source: Office of the Chief Coroner

    ...This is the total of teen suicides in the last year for BC.

    "Suicide is now the second- or third-leading cause of unexpected death for youth in Canada, the U.S., Australia and many countries in Western Europe." - Canwest news source.
    "Hanging was the most frequent method of suicide and 80 per cent gave some indication -- usually to a friend -- of their intent to die."

    The reason bridges are being focused on here is that this year a woman help up traffic for about 7 hours in a bridge attempt :

    "Transport Minister Kevin Falcon has slammed the Vancouver police for shutting the Second Narrows bridge for six hours while they helped a suicidal woman.

    "I think this is a good example of how not to do things," said Falcon. "I want answers.

    "It was a terrible situation. I was very unhappy with how the Vancouver Police Department handled it.
    Motorists on the Ironworkers' Memorial Bridge make the best of a six-hour delay on Canada Day.
    Motorists on the Ironworkers' Memorial Bridge make the best of a six-hour delay on Canada Day.
    "I am utterly perplexed how it can take six hours to deal with an elderly female.

    "In my view it is not acceptable and I am not happy about it and don't want to see it happen again.

    "The broader issue here is we have to think how we respond to issues like this much better."

    Falcon, who was among the thousands trapped in the Canada Day traffic jam and eventually turned around, said his staff will review the closure.

    The two North Vancouver mayors say they were bombarded with complaints after police shut the bridge.

    "We had total gridlock on one of the busiest days of the summer," District of North Vancouver Mayor Richard Walton said yesterday.

    "We are going to be debriefing about this and determine a very clear protocol.

    "People waited six hot hours in their cars and that is not good."

    City of North Vancouver Mayor Darrell Mussatto is demanding a full review of the closure." Global News

    It's got nothing to do with saving a life or gay, but everything to do with the Minister getting held up in traffic.
    Our current Provincial government is far-right calling themselves 'BC Liberal Party' .

    Facts are interesting things.