LGBT Suicide Prevention Organizations

Instructor: Carrie Soucy
Read on to learn about the different organizations that offer support to LGBT individuals in crisis as well as suicide prevention resources for their teachers and support professionals. You'll also find short videos to help you study the issues associated with suicide and self-harm.

LGBT Suicide Prevention Resources and Organizations

Given studies indicating that many within the LGBT community, especially LGBT youth, have an elevated risk of suicide, a number of organizations aim to reduce the risk of self-harm and prevent suicide within the LGBT community. These include organizations focusing exclusively on certain LGBT groups, such as youth or transgender individuals, as well as generalized suicide prevention organizations.

LGBT Hotlines for Suicide Prevention and Crisis Intervention

Trans Lifeline. This non-profit group aims to prevent suicide among the transgender population by offering a peer-to-peer hotline for individuals in crisis.

Fenway Health. Fenway Health offers free, anonymous, and confidential helplines for LGBT adults and youth, including a peer listening line staffed by volunteers between the ages of 16 and 25. These helplines provide individuals with support and referrals to appropriate resources.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. While not geared specifically to the LGBT community, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is one of the most widely available suicide prevention hotlines and is recommended by LGBT support groups for individuals in crisis. Available across the country 24/7, this hotline connects callers with trained suicide prevention workers.

Organizations Providing Both Crisis Support and Suicide Prevention Training

The Trevor Project. The Trevor Project is a national suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBT youth and young adults. It provides teachers, school administrators, and other adults who work with young people who may be at risk with suicide prevention training through in-person and online workshops. It also organizes locally based volunteer and advocacy groups. LGBT youth can receive immediate counseling help via phone, text, or online chat.

Local Groups. In some areas, local LGBT support groups offer suicide prevention resources. San Francisco Suicide Prevention, for example, has a local 24/7 crisis hotline and provides presentations on preventing LGBT suicides.

LGBT Suicide Prevention Training and Tools

The Family Acceptance Project. An initiative of San Francisco State University, the Family Acceptance Project provides training resources and consultation services designed to help families and service providers, such as mental health professionals and social workers, support LGBT youth and prevent suicide.

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC). The SPRC has dozens of suicide prevention tools and resources for educators and others who work with the LGBT community. These include webinars, toolkits for workshop organizers, and publications that offer suicide-prevention strategies, research, and guidance.

Advocates for Youth. Advocates for Youth helps teachers and other professionals who work with LGBT youth prevent suicides by creating supportive and safe environments. Available resources include lesson plans and strategies for addressing such issues as harassment and inclusive program development.

Additional Resources has several online lessons that offer information about suicide and LGBT advising for educators and counselors. See, for example:

If you or someone you care about is considering suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.

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