Travis Salway

Suicide prevention with gay and bisexual men: It takes a village. Fortunately, we have one.

Gay and bisexual men are four times more likely to attempt suicide as compared with heterosexual men.  Suicide is preventable, but in order to reach those at risk of suicide, we have to know where to find them.

In the general (mostly heterosexual) population, primary care providers—including family doctors—are key sites for identifying individuals who are at risk of suicide.  Gay and bisexual men, however, have distinct healthcare usage patterns  and many will avoid talking to providers about stigmatized or sensitive topics—including suicide—because of fear of negative reactions to their sexuality.

La prévention du suicide chez les hommes gais et bisexuels : Il faut tout un village. Heureusement, nous en avons un.

Les hommes gais et bisexuels sont quatre fois plus susceptibles de tenter de se suicider comparativement aux hommes hétérosexuels.1 Le suicide est évitable, mais si nous voulons rejoindre les hommes à risque, nous devons être en mesure de les trouver.

G.R.O.W. + L.I.F.T.

The G.R.O.W. + L.I.F.T. checklist is a communication tool for academic researchers to reflexively account for how their research is effectively serving the communities and community-based organizations they (want to) work with. It is meant to be used in conversations between and among:

  • Researchers and community-based organizations
  • Research trainees and supervisors
  • Research teams, e.g., gathered for the purposes of grant-writing or research planning

The checklist is intended to guide (but not resolve) difficult and possibly time-consuming conversations about things like goals, values, expectations, financial resources, language, power, and anti-oppression.

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