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As a queer Christian, I see how much pain and suffering my queer siblings face, and the statistics around suicide in the LGBTQ community are heartbreaking. Through organizations such as AFSP and The Trevor Project, I have learned so much about suicide prevention in the LGBTQ community.
Recent Legislation Targeting the Rights of Trans Individuals Deepens Concerns Around the Mental Health of LGBTQ Communities: Leading suicide prevention organization strongly opposes bills that can harm the mental health and wellbeing of LGBTQ people
Leading suicide prevention organization strongly opposes bills that can harm the mental health and wellbeing of LGBTQ people
I think a big misconception is that those with lived experience are selfish or weak. We are neither. Mental health can be like a labyrinth, and it takes a lot to navigate out of the darkness.
In honor of Pride month, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention asked our Instagram followers what advice they would give to someone struggling with their identity.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention asked our Instagram followers to share what Pride month means to them.
When we extend respect to people and love them, it truly is lifesaving. I know this because it has been people’s respect and love that has saved my life more times than I can count. Most of the people who had a positive impact on my life didn’t know the impact they had on me in those moments.
AFSP has enlisted its volunteer-led chapters in several states, including Florida, Tennessee, Idaho and South Carolina, to support LGBTQ communities and make opposition to these harmful bills a priority for their meetings with state and local public officials.
I grew up in Scotland and spent my first 49 years living there. I knew internally I was female since the age of 14, but when I looked in the mirror – and when others looked at me – a male person was who we all saw.
There is no community or school district that doesn’t have people needing to hear the specific message that it is okay to be who they are, and have that be backed up by a willingness to connect them to truly affirming services that meet their needs for mental health care, medical care, housing, advocacy, and more.
As a way of getting myself out of my funk – and inspired by AFSP’s amazing volunteers – I decided to get more involved with my local chapter. I am a proud member of the LGBTQ community, and have a strong interest in expanding access to mental health and suicide prevention resources for others in the LGBTQ community.
How a suicide loss in the LGBTQ community is handled can set the tone for the public’s response. You might hear, “They died by suicide because they were transgender.” Too often, explanations about a suicide death are reduced to a person’s sexual orientation and/or gender identity. However, suicide is far more complex.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and The Trevor Project today released this statement encouraging legislators and others with decision-making power to support and protect trans youth and improve access to best-practice medical care for trans patients and their families, including mental health care.
We are pleased to share this guest blog, courtesy of our friends at The Trevor Project, the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ youth.
Getting unconditional love and understanding, and having access to healthcare, therapy, medication and support systems is not always a guarantee for those in the LGBTQ community.
Happy Pride! The month of June was chosen as LGBTQ+ Pride to commemorate the uprising against police raids at the Stonewall Inn in New York City in 1969.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is a proud leader in the Mental Health for US coalition.
Risk and Protective Factors for Suicide Among Adolescents: A Look at Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation
Do risk and protective factors for suicide differ among adolescents depending on their gender identity and sexual orientation?
New Research-Based Poster Series Launched to Build Healthy Futures for LGBTQ & Gender Diverse Children & Youth
Family Acceptance Project Poster Series Guides Families & Caregivers on Reducing Risk for Suicide, Drug Use and Other Serious Health Risks & Promoting Well-Being for LGBTQ Youth
Our findings indicate that there is currently a crucial need to ensure that these youth are supported in ways that allow them to thrive.
The Trevor Project is the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning) young people.
This post is presented in collaboration with Active Minds, the national organization dedicated to empowering students to speak openly about mental health.
On May 5th, attendees of the Stronger Communities: LGBTQ+ Suicide Prevention Conference in Birmingham, Alabama came from across the state to take part in the day-long program hosted by the Alabama chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Teresa Theophano is a New York City-based social worker and freelance writer who is on the board of directors of Trinity Place Shelter for LGBTQ homeless youth.
AFSP Stronger Communities Conference Convenes Leading Experts to Discuss Community-based Suicide Prevention Education in NH
Presentations and topics will focus on initiatives and research-based programs that address suicide prevention across a person’s lifespan and within specific high-risk groups.
To address this need, the Arkansas chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention decided to host Stronger Communities: LBGTQ+ Suicide Prevention, a full-day conference to teach local mental health providers how to address suicide risk in the LGBTQ+ community.
This past April, AFSP’s Eastern Missouri Chapter hosted Stronger Communities: LGBTQ+ Suicide Prevention.
“What We Know Now: Updating Best Practices for Talking About Suicide & LGBT Populations”
Coming Out as a Two-Time Suicide Attempt Survivor
I am grateful to those who were brave enough to start the conversation, and it is through their bravery that I have learned to find my own.