Preventing Transgender Suicide

Transgender Lives are Precious: National Suicide Prevention Week

Suicide sadly remains all too prevalent in the transgender community. Unremitting discrimination takes its toll and transgender people pay the price for the prejudice of others. Sometimes, transgender people turn to suicide when they can’t find work, housing or other practical necessities of life. In the survey that NCTE conducted with The Task Force, 41% of those who responded reported having attempted suicide at some point in their lives; this compares with 1.6% of the general population.  That’s a rate 25 times that of the rest of the United States.

NCTE has created a new resource of information about transgender people and suicide, including results from our survey, and resources to help prevent self-harm: Preventing Transgender Suicide. Transgender lives are worth living.

If you are in crisis, please reach out. Here are some numbers to call:

  • Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender National Hotline, 1-888-THE-GLNH (1-888-843-4564); Monday to Friday, 4 p.m. to midnight (Eastern); Saturday, noon – 5 p.m. (Eastern)
  • The Trevor Project, 1-866-488-7386 (for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth)
  • National Suicide Prevention Helpline: 1-800-273-TALK
    Red Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio: 1-888-628-9454
    For Hearing and Speech Impaired with TTY Equipment: TTY: 1-800-799-4TTY (4889)

As part of NCTE’s efforts, we created two avatars on the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Gallery that specifically talk to transgender people.

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8 Responses to Preventing Transgender Suicide

  1. Please go here for my story of my own dark days and recovery. Feel free to use at will if you find it useful.

    http://tiresiasredux.blogspot.com/2009/11/lifeday.html

    Hugs,
    S.

  2. Robyn Sullivan says:

    Thanks for the update. When I transitioned 8 or 9 years ago we heard some very high numbers for trans suicides, but nothing like this. I can tell you from my own personal experience right now, dealing with not having a job or home, is that much worse when you are trans. And I was such a “success” before I decided to live as who I really am. Still, I have no regrets. I’m a much better person now than I was then. It’s the rest of the world we need to change.

  3. [...] an insanely, devastatingly, heartbreakingly high rate of suicide attempts and death by suicide. Survey results from the National Center for Transgender Equality discovered that “41% of those who responded [...]

  4. [...] 41% of ALL transgender people attempt suicide at one point in their life. [...]

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  6. Zander Keig says:

    Reblogged this on Zander's Blog and commented:
    Because too many contemplate and complete suicide in our community.

  7. evmaroon says:

    Reblogged this on Trans/plant/portation and commented:
    We all need to support each other more. Please.

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