In observance of this, here are some facts about suicide and LGBTQ+ folks courtesy of The Trevor Project’s website:
-Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among young people ages 10 to 24.
-LGB youth seriously contemplate suicide at almost three times the rate of heterosexual youth.
-LGB youth are almost five times as likely to have attempted suicide compared to heterosexual youth.
-In a national study, 40% of transgender adults reported having made a suicide attempt. 92% of these individuals reported having attempted suicide before the age of 25.
-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.
-Each episode of LGBT victimization, such as physical or verbal harassment or abuse, increases the likelihood of self-harming behavior by 2.5 times on average.
If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal ideation, we encourage you to reach out. Below are some resources:
The Trevor Project
-Chat Lifeline 866-488-7386
-Text START to 678678
Memphis Crisis Center
-Call 901-CRISIS7 (901-274-7477)
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
-En Español 1-888-628-9454