National Suicide Prevention Month!!!

September is National Suicide Prevention Month!!!! Take a moment to think about supporting the efforts of those working with at risk populations, prevention hotlines, and mental health professionals that are working daily to prevent suicide.suicide_speak_reach

I support The Trevor Project, http://www.thetrevorproject.org the leading suicide prevention organization focusing on LGBTQ youth, but there are many great organizations out there. If nothing else, read one article about suicide prevention and warning signs.

Did you know?

Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among young people ages 10 to 24.

  • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among young people ages 10 to 24.
  • LGBT youth are 4 times more likely, and questioning youth are 3 times more likely, to attempt suicide as their straight peers.
  • Suicide attempts by LGBT youth and questioning youth are 4 to 6 times more likely to result in injury, poisoning, or overdose that requires treatment from a doctor or nurse, compared to their straight peers.
  • Nearly half of young transgender people have seriously thought about taking their lives, and one quarter report having made a suicide attempt.
  • LGBT youth who come from highly rejecting families are 8.4 times as likely to have attempted suicide as LGBT peers who reported no or low levels of family rejection.
  • 1 out of 6 students nationwide (grades 9-12) seriously considered suicide in the past year.
  • Suicide attempts are nearly two times higher among Black and Hispanic youth than White youth.
  • Each episode of LGBT victimization, such as physical or verbal harassment or abuse, increases the likelihood of self-harming behavior by 2.5 times on average.

Source: http://www.thetrevorproject.org/pages/facts-about-suicide

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