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).
(Source – The Trevor Project, 2021)
of LGBTQ youth seriously considered suicide in the past year.
more likely to attempt suicide than straight youth.
of those who experienced discrimination based on their sexual orientation, gender identity, and race/ethnicity reported attempting suicide.
more likely to attempt suicide when subjected to conversion therapy.
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.
of transgender and nonbinary youth under the age of 18 said that none of the people they live with respected their pronouns.
LGBTQ youth are impacted by suicide risk factors, as well as:
The overwhelming majority of LGBTQ youth reported recent symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder or major depressive disorder.
reported experiencing discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity at least once in their lifetime.
said they experienced this discrimination in the past year.
reported that recent politics negatively impacted their mental health.
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.
stated that their mental health was "poor" most of the time or always during COVID-19.
said that COVID-19 made their living situation more stressful.
Both food insecurity and unemployment are significant risk factors for suicide among all populations.
reported that they lost their job during the pandemic.
reported having trouble affording enough food in the past month.
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.
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of all LGBTQ youth of color reported experiencing discrimination based on their race/ethnicity in the past year, including:
of Black LGBTQ youth, and,
of Asian/Pacific Islander LGBTQ youth.
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.
We all have a role in preventing suicide. Learn how to support and be an ally to your LGBTQ+ loved ones.
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.