LGBTQ Youth Suicide

lgbtq youth mental health

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people. Young LGBTQ people seriously contemplate suicide at almost three times the rate of heterosexual youth and attempt it at five times the rate. Approximately 40% of transgender adults have reported at least one suicide attempt.

If you’re struggling, you aren’t alone. The following may be signs that it’s time to reach out to someone for support.

Do you or someone you know feel…?

  • Unimportant, unmotivated or hopeless
  • Trapped, overwhelmed or alone
  • Irritable or impulsive

Do you or someone you know…?

  • Not care about their future
  • Put themselves down – and think they deserve it
  • Say goodbye to important people
  • Talk about feeling suicidal or have a plan to commit suicide

Have you or someone you know been…?

  • Using drugs or alcohol more than usual
  • Acting differently
  • Giving away their most valuable possessions
  • Losing interest in their favorite things to do
  • Eating or sleeping more or less than usual

If you need help, the following LGBTQ-friendly resources will connect you with a counselor who is willing to listen.

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TrevorLifelinePhone: (866) 488-7386


TrevorChatConfidential online instant messaging.24/7/365
TrevorTextText START to 678-678 for confidential text messaging.24/7/365

Family Health Centers of San Diego also offers comprehensive mental health services for youth. To make an appointment, call (619) 515-2338.