THE 5's OF SUICIDE
5 Warning Signs
Someone who is suicidal
Make a plan
Talk about wanting to die,
feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
Talk about being in
unbearable pain or being a burden to others
Have extreme mood swings
Give away her or his
5 Ways You Can Help
If an LGBT youth tells you
he or she is suicidal, or if you know a young LGBT person who you
feat is considering suicide, here's how you can help:
Accept the person's
feelings. Don't try to cheer the person up by making unrealistic
Talk directly about suicide.
Don't avoid asking someone if he or she has thoughts about suicide.
You will NOT be putting the idea into their head.
Tell a trusted adult. Talk
to the young person about who this might be.
In an emergency (if a
suicide attempt is imminent), call 911 or seek help from a hospital,
mental health clinic, or the Trevor Lifeline at 866-488-7386.
Things to Do if You Feel Depressed or Suicidal
Depression and suicidal
thoughts affect people of all ages. No matter who you are, it's
important to take care of yourself and get help if you need it. Here
are some tips:
Factors that are often
connected to suicide include psychiatric problems (i.e. depression,
anxiety disorders), homelessness, the death of a loved one and being
rejected by family because of sexual orientation.
Suicide is the third-leading
cause of death for people ages 12 to 18.
Lesbian, gay and bisexual
teens are much more likely than their peers to try to take their own
Transgender people of all
ages report a high rate of attempting suicide.
Three-fourths of people who
attempt suicide are female, while four-fifths of those who die by
suicide are male.
Having the support of just
one person can greatly reduce the risk someone will attempt suicide.
Suicide Prevention Center:
877-7-CRISIS or 877-727-4747
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
If you need immediate help, call 911.