THE 5's OF SUICIDE

5 Warning Signs

Someone who is suicidal might:

  • 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 possessions

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:

  • LISTEN!

  • Accept the person's feelings. Don't try to cheer the person up by making unrealistic positive statements.

  • 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.

5 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:

  • Eat healthy food and exercise

  • Spend time outside

  • Keep a journal

  • Talk to someone

  • Call a crisis line

Suicide Facts

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 lives.

  • 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.

Emergency Numbers
Suicide Prevention Center:
877-7-CRISIS or 877-727-4747

Trevor Lifeline:
866-488-7386

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
800-273-8255


If you need immediate help, call 911.