Encourage Hope and Help is a suicide prevention website for youth (ages 10-24), parents, educators, LGBTQ, attempt survivors, loss survivors, veterans, and community members in the Kansas City area. Through education and prevention efforts, we strive to end youth suicide.
To prevent suicide, it is imperative to understand and recognize the risk factors for suicide. Members of the LGBTQIA+ community have some unique challenges when it comes to preventing suicide and promoting mental wellness.
Keep a look out for these risk factors if you think someone you know, including yourself, is considering suicide.
Check out EncourageHopeandHelp.com to learn about how you can get help for yourself, or ways you can support others who may be thinking about suicide.
Sources - SAMHSA and The Danya Institute
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Happy Pride Month!
According to The Trevor Project, the rate of suicide attempts is 4 times greater for LGBTQIA+ youth and 2 times greater for questioning youth than that of straight youth.
In May 2021, survey data published by The Trevor Project showed that the COVID-19 pandemic has created even more challenges for a population that already struggled with unique mental health challenges. This data is a reminder of the importance of promoting mental wellness and resilience for all youth populations, but especially those that are most vulnerable.
You can learn more about promoting mental health and suicide prevention for LGBTQIA+ youth at encouragehopeandhelp.com/resources/lgbtq-2/.
Source - The Trevor Project
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May is Mental Health Awareness month! And while this month is soon coming to a close, taking care of our mental health should be our goal every month, and so should raising awareness and eliminating stigma.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is a great place for finding resources for yourself or a loved one, or if you need education or are seeking ways to be an advocate. See www.nami.org/Home for more information.
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