HRC Recognizes World Suicide Prevention Day

by Brandon Hooks

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Trigger warning: This post contains mention of suicide.

September is officially recognized as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month with September 10 designated as World Suicide Prevention Day. We know that LGBTQ people commonly face higher rates of depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts — not because of who they are, but because of the discrimination and harassment they receive from society. LGBTQ youth are at particular risk, with recent data showing that 29% of transgender youth, 21% of gay and lesbian youth and 22% of bisexual youth have attempted suicide.

This Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, HRC is shining a light on LGBTQ mental health and connecting people with the resources needed to get the help they need. We co-hosted a Twitter chat with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention discussing common questions around suicide prevention and how to help others #KeepGoing. Here's what we had to say.

If you or someone you know may be at risk of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988 or 1-800-273-8255. If you’re a young LGBTQ person and need to talk to someone, call The Trevor Project’s 24-hour crisis hotline for youth at 1-866-488-7386. If you are a transgender person of any age, call the Trans Lifeline at 877-565-8860.

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