Oct 26, 2022
Event Time: 11:00 - 12:00 p.m.
The current suicide death rate among adolescents and young adults is the highest in nearly 20 years and feared to increase given the COVID-19 pandemic. Suicidal ideation and attempt are specifically high among young adults who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, or who are questioning their sexual orientation (i.e., sexual minority). Although many studies focus on the relationship between risk and protective factors and suicidal ideation and attempts among sexual minorities, few examine how one specific factor, religiosity, which is generally held as protective against suicide may actually be associated with heightened risk. Suicide prevention promotes faith-based partnerships, yet if religion and religiosity do not reduce suicidal risk for sexual minorities, then an entire avenue of prevention and intervention is closed off to a population presenting the highest suicide risks. This presentation will focus on health equity for sexual minority populations, current struggles to move forward in the spheres of faith-based entities, and upstream prevention strategies.
Registration is free for members of OSPF’s new Membership Program and $25 for non-members. Continuing education will be provided for prevention, addiction counseling, social work, marriage and family counseling, and psychologists.
American Sign Language interpretation will be available for the live and recorded presentation.
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