LGBTQ
No one is alone;
we are all in this together.

Suicidal feelings and mental health
struggles can affect LGBTQ individuals more
than heterosexual individuals.

Find resources for yourself and
to help support a loved one
that may be struggling  (The TREVOR Project).

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Get the Facts

Suicide & LGBTQ Populations

(Source – The Trevor Project, 2021)

42%

of LGBTQ youth seriously considered suicide in the past year.

400%

more likely to attempt suicide than straight youth.

36%

of those who experienced discrimination based on their sexual orientation, gender identity, and race/ethnicity reported attempting suicide.

200%

more likely to attempt suicide when subjected to conversion therapy.

Transgender & Nonbinary Youth

Research evidence indicates that transgender and nonbinary youth attempt suicide less when respect is given to their pronouns and they are allowed to officially change their legal documents, such as driver’s licenses and birth certificates. 

More than 60%

of transgender and nonbinary youth under the age of 18 said that none of the people they live with respected their pronouns.

Mental Health

LGBTQ youth are impacted by suicide risk factors, as well as:

  • COVID-19 pandemic
  • mental health care disparities
  • family rejection
  • discrimination
  • food insecurity
  • conversion therapy

The overwhelming majority of LGBTQ youth reported recent symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder or major depressive disorder

75%

reported experiencing discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity at least once in their lifetime.

More than half

said they experienced this discrimination in the past year.

94%

reported that recent politics negatively impacted their mental health.

COVID-19 Pandemic

Many LGBTQ youth experienced more mental health challenges during COVID-19 pandemic, particularly due to the pandemic’s impact on social determinants of health like food insecurity, homelessness and unemployment. 

70%

stated that their mental health was "poor" most of the time or always during COVID-19.

More than 80%

said that COVID-19 made their living situation more stressful.

Both food insecurity and unemployment are significant risk factors for suicide among all populations. 

Over 40%

reported that they lost their job during the pandemic.

30%

reported having trouble affording enough food in the past month.

Race & Ethnicity

When LGBTQ youth experience discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or race/ethnicity reported much higher rates of attempting suicide, with those who experienced all three of these types of discrimination reporting the highest rate. 

Suicide Rates Compared

White Youth Native/Indigenous Youth Black Youth Latinx Youth Asian/Pacific Islander Youth Multiracial Youth
12% 31% 21% 18% 12% 21%
Half

of all LGBTQ youth of color reported experiencing discrimination based on their race/ethnicity in the past year, including:

67%

of Black LGBTQ youth, and,

60%

of Asian/Pacific Islander LGBTQ youth.

How to Take Care of Yourself

How to Help Someone Else

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.

Resources

General LGBTQ+ Resources

Transgender & Non-Binary Youth

Parents of LGBTQ+ Youth

LGBTQ+ Youth Serving Adults

The overall objective in helping families learn to support their LGBT children is not to change their values or deeply-held beliefs. Instead, practitioners should aim to meet parents, families, and caregivers “where they are,” to build an alliance to support their LGBT children, and to help them understand that family reactions that are experienced as rejection by their LGBT child contribute to serious health concerns and inhibit their child’s development and wellbeing.

Allies

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Local & State Resources

National Resources