In recent years there has been a lot of research into the incidence of suicide among gay and lesbian (homosexual) people. The findings of these studies have not been consistent, but most researchers do agree on one point - gay and lesbian people are at far higher risk of suicide than people who are heterosexual.

There are many reasons for this. One is that homosexual activity is illegal or considered wrong in many countries, and this can cause gay and lesbian people to feel isolated and become depressed.

It is important to remember, though, that there are millions of gay and lesbian people all over the world, living happy and fulfilled lives. Many have felt depressed at some time but have come through their difficulties.

People who are gay or lesbian can find it helpful to talk to someone about their sexuality and feelings. This is particularly true for young gay and lesbian people, and for people who are isolated and do not have gay and lesbian friends.

If you need to talk to someone, please use our need to talk pages. Befrienders are there to listen to your problems, whatever they are, in a caring and non-judgmental way. You can speak to them anonymously and in complete confidence. The service is free.

The following links are to selected resources on the Internet that provide information about sexual orientation and sexuality. If you need help or support, please click on the link marked "I need help."

American Psychological Association

International lesbian and gay helplines

Portrait of a son's suicide

Other Resources

I Need Help!