Did you know that September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month? I didn’t. I knew there was such an animal but I didn’t know it was each and every September. Suicide is disproportionately linked to gay and trans youth. Ridicule, shame, conservative ideological abuse, self-medicating, and even being thrown out on the street by people who are supposed to have your back are all contributing factors.
I have been a big fan of The Trevor Project for a long time. They were doing groundbreaking work and research a long time ago and it has been a real treat watching them grow organizationally as they wield greater and greater influence. For those of you who don’t know The Trevor Project is the leading and largest provider of crisis intervention and suicide prevention for gay youth. They manage a 24-hour crisis hotline, help get struggling youth in touch with resources that quite literally save lives everyday, and have taken the legislative lead on combating harmful “cure the gay” methods that some still practice.
In light of Suicide Prevention Month, and this being “…the time of year many students are returning to school. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among youth ages 10–19 in the U.S. yet 48 states have no required school suicide prevention policies.” That’s kind of jarring isn’t it? If you have never heard of The Trevor Project before now might be a good time to get acquainted with who they are. Their website is chalked full of great information, resources, and updates on all the battles they are fighting (and winning) against the scourge of suicide on behalf of gay youth all over the country.
If you are a young person in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk, call the TrevorLifeline now at 1-866-488-7386.