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Like other oppressed communities, LGBTQI+ communities are disproportionately at risk for suicide and other mental health struggles due to historic and ongoing structural violence. This section has information and resources for those looking for help and support for yourself or loved ones who identify within the vast, diverse, and thriving LGBTQI+ communities.

How To Take Care Of Yourself

LGBTQI+ people under 25 can access 24/7 LGBTQI+ support on 988. To call an LGBTQI-trained crisis counselor, dial 988 and then press 3. To text, send the word PRIDE to 988. To chat, you can opt-in on the Pre-Chat Survey above by checking off the box for LGBTQI+ support.

Know you are not alone. In addition to the 988 Lifeline, there are resources at the bottom of this page where you can connect with services and other members of the LGBTQI+ community. You can also hear from real people in our LGBTQI+ stories of hope and recovery below.

Build a support network. Develop a support network in your life that will help keep you safe and that you can lean on if you feel depressed or suicidal.

Talk to someone. Don’t keep thoughts of suicide to yourself. Lean on your support network, find a therapist or a support group, or get in touch with the Lifeline.

Make a safety plan. Have a step-by-step plan ready for if/when you feel depressed, suicidal, or in crisis, so you can start at step one and continue through the steps until you feel safe. Having a template on hand with an established plan may be helpful, or you can get help and guidance at

How To Help

We all have a role to play in preventing suicide. Learn how to support and be an ally to your LGBTQI+ loved ones.

Be an ally. Publicly show your support and advocate for LGBTQI+ communities, even and especially when they are not present. Ensure that you are supporting loved ones by affirming their identity, using their pronouns, and being an active part of creating an anti-oppressive, gender-affirming space.

Know the facts. Reinforcing people’s agency by calling them the correct name and pronouns is proven to reduce suicidal behaviors by over 60%. About 40% of unhoused youth identify as LGBTQIA+, placing them further at risk for complex layers of harm. Strong family bonds, safe schools, and support from caring adults can all protect LGBTQI+ youth from depression and suicidality (Committee on Adolescence 2013).

LGBTQI+ elders face substantial barriers—stemming from current discrimination as well as the accumulation of a lifetime of legal and structural discrimination, social stigma, and isolation. Others struggle with the burdens of poverty and social isolation. Each older LGBTQ+ adult carries their own story of pride and silence, of resilience and struggle, of love and loss. (SAGE, 2017).

Ask and listen. Be an active part of your loved ones’ support systems and check in with them often. If they show any warning signs for suicide, be direct and ask. Tell them it’s OK to talk about suicidal feelings. Listen to their story without offering advice or judgment. For more guidance on steps you can take to help someone thinking of suicide, visit

Collaborate with your loved one to get them any help they might need. Support them in identifying others to talk to who may understand how they feel – family members, friends, co-workers, and faith or spiritual leaders. If you’re not sure where to start, the 988 Lifeline is always here to talk or chat, both for crisis intervention and to support loved ones, families, and allies.

Family and community support. Support from family, trusted adults, and friends make all the difference for transgender children and youth. LGBTQI+ youth who felt high social support from their family reported attempting suicide at less than half the rate of those who felt low or moderate social support. (The Trevor Project). Learn more about affirming behaviors families and loved ones can do to support LGBTQI+ youth here. Additionally, learn more about The Trevor Project’s Community Network here.

Stories of Hope and Recovery

  • Out trans Army sergeant Shane wants others like him to know that they're not alone.

    "We as a nation need to start the healing by showing and supporting our own humanity."

    Read Shane's Story
  • For Grace, all it took was one day for her to change her life and her mindset. Grace is the founder of the Best Day Project, a LGBTQIA youth suicide prevention web series.

    "I challenged myself from that day to just be the exact kind of person I want to be and live the exact kind of life I want to, and it’s just–it was up to me to do it. So, I just started living for the day, just enjoying everything I could [and] really making good decisions."

    Read Grace's Story
  • When Anna came to terms with her sexuality, she realized that everyone's journey to happiness is unique.

    "There is not one way to accept yourself, as there is not one way to fall in love, or to be happy, or to pick your favorite color."

    Read Anna's Story

Get in touch

Call the Lifeline

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline


Disaster Distress Helpline

Call or Text 1-800-985-5990

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