- September 10, 2015
As part of National Suicide Prevention Month, HRC proudly joins the Trevor Project and national partners in the mental health, education, suicide prevention, youth and LGBT communities to raise awareness about suicide prevention among youth, particularly those who identify as LGBTQ.
LGBTQ youth may experience family rejection, bullying and harassment, or feel unsafe for simply being who they are, all of which can be added risk factors for suicide. Research suggests nearly half of transgender youth have seriously considered suicide, and lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth are four times more likely to attempt suicide compared to their non-LGB peers. Bisexual youth face the highest rates of suicidality among LGBTQ youth, and they also report the highest rates of bullying and harassment by peers.
If you’re a youth and need to talk to someone, call The Trevor Project, which provides a 24-hour crisis hotline for youth, at 1-866-488-7386.
If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
If you’re a teacher or parent and want more information on how to create safe and welcoming schools for all children and families and prevent bias-based bullying, visit welcomingschools.org.
If you are looking for more information on LGBTQ youth well-being, visit timetothrive.org.