First Advisor

Jana Meinhold

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Child and Family Studies and University Honors


Social Work


Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, Gay youth -- Suicidal behavior, Mindfulness (Psychology), Sexual minorities -- Suicidal behavior, Suicidal behavior -- Treatment




Mindfulness as therapeutic practice has been growing in usefulness the last decade, particularly when looking at the impact of mindfulness on depression (Deyo, Wilson, Ong, and Koopman, 2009). A small number of studies have extended beyond depression and focused on the impact of mindfulness on suicidal ideation, one of which were conducted with youth. There is need for further consideration and research surrounding mindfulness practice and LGBTQ youth (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer - identified as ages 15-24) who experience suicidal ideation. There is also a need for suicide prevention programming to expand practitioners’ strategies. Given the prevalence and devastating impact of suicide among LGBTQ youth, developing more effective ways to support youth, prevent attempts, and deaths is essential. There is relatively little research surrounding this particular population, and no research has been performed looking at using mindfulness practice as a tool for reducing suicidal ideation and related factors within this population. This paper is going to explain the significance of and draw together the areas of mindfulness practice and suicidal ideation, specifically among LGBTQ youth.


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