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Estimating the Population Prevalence and Risk of Suicide for the LGBTQ+ Population in the United States

2022 Young Investigator Grant

Amount Awarded: $89,888

Focus Area: Psychosocial Studies

Byungkyu Lee, Ph.D.

Byungkyu Lee, Ph.D.

Indiana University

Inside the Research

While a higher rate of suicidal ideation and attempts for LGBTQ+ people has been well documented, the rate of death by suicide remains unknown. Given the known differences between ideation, attempts, and deaths, there is a pressing need to better understand the risk and protective factors for death by suicide among the LGBTQ+ population. This study integrates suicide cases into the general population of living individuals through pioneering data harmonization to provide initial estimates of risk and protective factors associated with suicide for LGBTQ+ individuals.