UTM students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and questioning students may struggle with the demands of two cultures. Students who are not “out” must navigate the straight and the LGBT culture. Students who identify themselves as LGBTQ students may experience a sense of alienation or secrecy from their family, friends, and/or from their campus culture (Renn, 2009).
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Support and Resources
- The Trevor Project. - The Trevor Project is the leading national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. 866-4-U-Trevor, 866-488-7386
- YouthResource is a Web site created by and for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (GLBTQ) young people takes a holistic approach to sexual health and exploring issues of concern to GLBTQ youth, by providing information on sexual and reproductive health Issues
Risk Factors for Suicide Within The LGBT Community
- Experiences of verbal and physical harassment
- Lack of family support and acceptance of their sexuality
- A history of abuse
- A family history of depression and/or suicide
- Easy access to pills and other chemicals
- Stigmatization for their sexuality
- Impulsive or aggressive inclinations
- Academic problems
- Conflicts with friends, roommates, or peers
- Having made a previous suicide attempt or had previous thoughts of killing oneself
- Having experienced a recent loss (e.g., death or break-up)
- Unwillingness to seek mental health services
Common Concerns Among LGBT College Students Who Experience Depression
- Relationship problems: Conflicts with roommates, parents, friends, partners, and/or professors, rejection by peers, feelings of social isolation
- Engaging in risky behaviors: Violence, unprotected sexual practices, alcohol and other drug abuse, and/or driving under the influence
- Academic problems: Missing classes, not completing assignments, inattentiveness, and/or failing exams and courses
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental disorder that may occur in people who experience or witness intense violence, serious accidents, or life-threatening situations. And oftentimes involvement in these situations will make people feel hopeless, fearful, horrified, and overwhelmed. For our military students PTSD may come as a result of military combat and may increase as a result of trying to meet the social, academic, and personal demands of civilian life.
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Support and Resources
- Community Based Outpatient Clinic
- Dyersburg Community Based Outpatient Clinic
433 E Parkview Street
Dyersburg, TN 38024-311
- Jackson Community Based Outpatient Clinic
180 Old Hickory Blvd, Jackson, TN 38305
- Online Resources
Symptoms of PTSD include:
- "Reliving" the traumatic event through thoughts, flashbacks, and nightmares (Flashbacks can be triggered by anything that causes a memory of the trauma. For example, a war veteran might experience a flashback after seeing a low-flying helicopter).
- Experiencing a rapid heartbeat and sweating while "reliving" the traumatic event
- Feeling numb
- Feeling emotionally detached from other people
- Sleep disturbances
- Avoidance of anything associated with the trauma
- Difficulty concentrating
- A strong response when shocked
- Extreme vigilance - Always feeling "on guard"
- Difficulty working
- Difficulty with social situations
- Inability to properly care for loved ones
Suicidal thoughts are a sign that you may need some immediate help with your symptoms. You can find assistance at Student Health and Counseling Services, call 731.881.7750, and they can help link you to additional resources.
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Just as people trained in CPR help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to Question, Persuade, and Refer someone to help. This training can be conducted for student organizations and clubs, classes and faculty meetings.
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