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LGBTQ2S Suicide Prevention

Statistics show that the risk of suicide is higher for people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, or Two Spirit (LGBTQ2S). In addition, factors such as homophobia, isolation, and rejection increase the risk of suicide. An individualโ€™s risk can be decreased if they are connected to their culture and traditions in a way that recognizes the impacts of colonization. American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities can support Two Spirit people by providing safe spaces of inclusion and respect, by standing up for them, and by speaking out about and against the discrimination they experience. It is important to recognize the warning signs of suicidal ideation to help a friend or family member. Most importantly, show support, love, and acceptance to someone that is talking about suicide. Remember, suicide can be prevented and life is sacred.

Recognize the warning signs:

  • Experienced trauma or loss
  • Giving away personal possessions
  • Withdrawal from family, friends, school, or work
  • Feeling sad, hopeless, helpless, or rejected
  • Concerning posts on social media
  • Sleeping too little or too much

To give help or get help:

  • Call the Trevor Lifeline for LGBTQ Youth at 1-866-488-7386
  • Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255
  • Text the word START to 741741 to chat via text message
  • Text the word HOPE to 916-668-iCAN (4226)
  • Call 911 or go to the nearest Emergency Room
  • Talk to trusted elders, healers, friends, family members, or behavioral health professionals

Amanda Aguilar

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