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RCN publishes toolkit to help prevent suicide among LGB young people

Nurses offered practical support and resources on key areas including risk factors, confidentiality, consent and effective communication

A toolkit to help nurses and other healthcare professionals prevent suicides among lesbian, gay and bisexual young people has been published by the RCN.

It aims to equip nurses with the right knowledge and skills to support LGB young people experiencing mental health problems.

The toolkit provides insights into the experience of young LGB people and offers practical support and resources on key areas including risk factors, confidentiality, consent and effective communication.

RCN general secretary Peter Carter said: 'Suicide in any situation is a tragedy and nurses have a duty to identify risk factors and prevent suicide wherever possible.

'Our ambition for this toolkit is to help nurses deliver the best possible care to LGB young people experiencing mental health issues, in order to help save lives across the UK.'

A 2014 study by equality and diversity charity the Metro Centre found that 44 per cent of LGB young people had suicidal thoughts and half had self-harmed.

Read the guidance on the GOV.UK website: Preventing suicide: lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans young people

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