The importance of social support

A new study published in the American Journal Preventative Medicine and reported in HealthDay looks carefully at the reality of whether or not bullying is a causal factor of suicidal behaviour in gay and lesbian teens.  The findings indicate that, although bullying has a damaging impact on these teens, it is mediated considerably by effective social supports.  Most schools now have LGBT clubs or groups – clearly this is an important step to be taking.

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