Dutch gays and lesbians more likely to contemplate suicide

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Dutch gays and lesbians are more likely to contemplate committing suicide than the general population. Researchers attribute the psychological problems within the gay community to so-called 'minority stress'.

According to a new study by the Dutch government's main advisory body, the Netherlands Institute for Social Research (SCP), 11% of gay men and 16% of lesbians consider suicide. The figure is only 3% for the general population. Actual suicide attempts are also much higher in the gay community. 

The researchers have advised the government to do even more to increase the social acceptance of gays and lesbians.

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