LGBTQ

No one is alone; we are all in this together.
Suicidal feelings and mental health struggles
can affect more LGBTQ people than heterosexual people.
Find resources for yourself and to help
support a loved one that may be struggling. (TREVOR Project)
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LGBTQ Facts

  • The rate of suicide attempts is 4 times greater for LGB youth and 2 times greater for questioning youth than that of straight youth.
  • LGB youth who come from highly rejecting families are 8.4 times as likely to have attempted suicide as LGB peers who reported no or low levels of family rejection.

How To Take Care Of Yourself

If you’re struggling please feel free to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. It is available 24/7 and is confidential.

Know you are not alone:

LGBTQ+ people around the world
have been through the same struggle.

Build your support network:

Find allies in your life who will help keep you safe and who you can lean on if you feel depressed or suicidal.

Talk to someone:

Silence isn’t strength. Don’t keep suicidal feelings to yourself. Lean on your support network, find a therapist or a support group, or get in touch with the Lifeline.

Make a safety plan:

Have a step-by-step plan ready for if/when you feel depressed, suicidal, or in crisis, so you can start at step one and continue through the steps until you feel safe.

How to Help

We all have a role in preventing suicide. Learn how to support and be an ally to your LGBTQ+ loved ones.

Be an Ally:

If you’re straight, publicly show your support for the LGBTQ+ community. If you’re LGBTQ+, affirm your identity and offer support to loved ones.

Know the facts:

Over 80% of LGBTQ+ youth have been assaulted or threatened, and every instance of victimization in an LGBTQ+ person’s life more than doubles the likelihood of self-harming.

Ask and listen:

Be an active part of your LGBTQ+ loved ones’ support systems and check in with them often. If they show any warning signs for suicide, be direct. Tell them it’s OK to talk about suicidal feelings. Practice active listening techniques and let them talk without judgment.

Get them help and take care of yourself:

Don’t be afraid to get your loved one the help they might need. The Lifeline is always here to talk or chat, both for crisis intervention and to support allies.

National Resources