Gays and Mental Health: Fighting Depression, Saying No to Suicide

Gays and Mental Health: Fighting Depression, Saying No to Suicide

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by Jaime A. Seba
     
 

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Why would a young, beautiful, talented country music star want to end her life? It seems like a mystery to most people, but before coming out, that's exactly what openly gay singer Chely Wright wanted to do. And thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people have felt the same way.

Discover some of the factors that lead to mental health issues

Overview

Why would a young, beautiful, talented country music star want to end her life? It seems like a mystery to most people, but before coming out, that's exactly what openly gay singer Chely Wright wanted to do. And thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people have felt the same way.

Discover some of the factors that lead to mental health issues for gay people, and find out steps that can be taken to help reduce or eliminate these threats. Take advantage of groups such as the Trevor Project and other organizations aimed at helping young LGBT people and their friends make positive choices about their mental health.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Paula McMillen
Homosexuality, alternative sexual preferences and lifestyles are areas that certainly can benefit from accessible texts for pre-teens and teens. These topics are frequently accompanied by high levels of emotion and controversy and, therefore, demand the most accurate and authoritative treatment. Overall the "Gallup's Guide to Modern Gay, Lesbian and Transgender Lifestyle" series falls short on these latter requirements, relying largely on popular press and websites for sources and making assertions in the text without citing the relevant source(s). Citations in the bibliography fail to provide an issue or page numbers when journal articles are included. Occasional typographical errors are distracting. Each book opens with an identical introduction from the series editor, James Sears, former editor of the Journal of LGBT Youth. The introduction describes the tensions between societal expectations and individual rights which largely underlie discrimination against non-dominant groups in any culture. The text of each book is organized in short chapters with terms highlighted in the text and defined in colored boxes. This book makes clear that higher rates of suicidal behaviors, mental health problems, drug abuse and addictions among LGBT youth are not the result of sexual orientation. Rather the challenges faced by teens struggling with non-acceptance and even persecution by family, friends, and schoolmates are the exacerbating factors. Illustrations and photos are spread throughout, short lists of additional information sources close each chapter, and a bibliography and index follow the main text of the book. This book would have been strengthened by providing a consolidated list of helplines and information sources, rather than scattering them throughout the text. The layout and production quality make these books accessible and the tenor of the messages to youth dealing with these issues is positive; however, the generic quality of the information suggests these be used only as ancillary information in a school or public library setting. Reviewer: Paula McMillen, Ph.D.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781422217511
Publisher:
Mason Crest Publishers
Publication date:
09/28/2010
Series:
Gallup's Guide to Modern Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Lifestyle Series
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
7.48(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.36(d)
Lexile:
1220L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 15 Years

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Gays and Mental Health: Fighting Depression, Saying No to Suicide 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why the fvk would you not make the book free? It makes me think more that you want the money more than to help us. Qhat the hell
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In a world filled with so much hate, everyone should be allowed to love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ikr
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am not here to insult you. I just would like to tell you that God loves you and gave His life for you. If you want to hear more please let me know ~ 14yr old
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just bc some one is gay doesnt give u th rite to treat them like f***in $h!t...IM A LESBIAN... say what u want, im still here tho