LGBT Youth Suicide Prevention Resources
Suicide is the leading cause of death for LGBT youth in America. Recent instances of suicide in the LGBT youth community have attracted major media attention and raised awareness of the issue, but there is much more that can be done to lower the number of suicides nationally. Please review the organizations and projects below to learn about the issue, hear from people who have been affected, and find resources to help at-risk LGBT youth in your community.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: The CDC lays out many of the reasons that LGBT youth are at high risk for suicide, and provides some suggestions for how parents and schools can approach their LGBT youth about this subject.
- American Association for Suicidology: This fact sheet from the American Association of Suicidology provides more insight into the risk factors for suicide in the LGBT youth community and includes suggested resources for further action.
- National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention: More general information on suicide prevention from this public-private partnership.
- It Gets Better: Testimonials from around the world aimed at providing inspiration for LGBT youth. Celebrities, public figures, and citizens contribute encouraging words, preaching perseverance through difficult periods and providing examples of how the future for LGBT youth is bright.
- I'm From Driftwood : Inspiring first-person accounts of being LGBT in America.
- The Trevor Project : Internationally-known, the Trevor Project provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBT youth. Many options for counseling through chat, phone, and email.
- Family Acceptance Project: The Family Acceptance Project is a helpful resource aimed at promoting LGBT health issues within the context of the family. Take a look at their many toolkits, resources, and peer-reviewed research.
- LGBT National Youth Talkline : The LGBT National Youth Talkline provides telephone and email peer-counseling, as well as factual information and local resources for cities and towns across the United States.
- Suicide Prevention Resource Center : The Suicide Prevention Resource Center is the nation's only federally supported resource center devoted to advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.
- Models of Pride: Models of Pride is a free one-day conference that focuses on the concerns and interests of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth up to age 24, and their allies.