September 27: Preventing Suicide by Showing Your Support
“I’m here for you.”
“You can talk to me.”
“You are never alone.”
Short statements like these can brighten someone’s day – and can even save lives. As part of National Suicide Prevention Month, the Trevor Project has organized a movement of posting caring, affirming and supportive messages where friends, family, loved ones and even strangers can find them. It’s part of the Trevor Project’s mission of providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth.
This initiative is all about peers reaching out to peers. The IMPACT Program has found that this kind of peer and family support is important as LGBTQ youth deal with various forms of victimization. Our research has also found that suicide and self-harm are of particular risk to LGBTQ youth, and that low social support can be associated with an increased risk for suicidal ideation.
Showing support matters. Let someone know they can talk to you, and they’ll be more likely to ask for help when they need it.
If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide or just needs someone to talk to, call the Trevor Lifeline at (866) 488-7386.
One caring message can provide the support someone may need. Remember to post your notes on Trevor Day, September 27th!
*This post was written by IMPACT intern Garrett P.