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Lecture: Suicide and LGBTQQI Youth

Thursday, October 1, 2015
12:00pm – 1:30pm

Storrs Campus
Rainbow Center, Student Union 403

This lecture is one of the number of events that are scheduled during Suicide Prevention Week 2015. For more information on UConn’s Suicide Prevention Week 2015 and suicide prevention resources, visit

Synopsis: Suicide is the second leading cause of death in youth between the ages of 10 and 24. It is estimated that LGBTQQI youth are approximately 3-4 times more likely to attempt suicide as their straight peers (Centers for Disease Control, 2011). This presentation will examine risk and protective factors for LGBTQQI youth. What to do if a friend has concerns for and LGBTQQI friend and how to access help will also be covered. The presentation will end by identifying local and national resources to assist this vulnerable population.

Biography: Dr. Richard Stillson is a psychologist and recently retired as Director of Admissions, Education & Homeless Services at River Valley Services in Middletown. Ze is Clinical Director of Hartford Psychological Services, a private practice in Hartford where ze sees LGBT folks. Ze is a leader in providing specialized services for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities. Ze teaches at both Capital and Middlesex Community Colleges.

Ze is an out gay man who is also transgender. Ze has been the proud mother of the House of Pleasure as Mucha Mucha Pleasure and the Second Empress of the Imperial Court of CT. Ze has been an activist within the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community in working to expand civil rights and to celebrate the diversity of the community. Ze helped as co-emcee and co-chair of Hartford Capital City Pride Rally bringing Pride back to its roots of the Old State House on June 26, 2015. Ze has helped to create Gay/Straight Alliances in many mental health & substance abuse services including CMHC, Reliance House, River Valley Services, Cedarcrest Hospital, CCAR and Chrysalis Center.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunches.

For the list of upcoming speakers and themes, please visit


Suicide Prevention (primary), First Year Programs & Learning Communities, Psychology - Undergraduate Program, Rainbow Center, UConn Master Calendar, Veterans Affairs and Military Programs, Women's Center

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