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How to Help Prevent Suicide Among LGBTQ+ Youth

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Each September, my colleagues and I at The Trevor Project find ourselves especially busy, completing our usual work as part of the largest suicide prevention and mental health organization for LGBTQ young people – but with an added spotlight of doing this type of work during National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.

However, last week, the month kicked off differently than in previous years. A group of anti-LGBTQ extremists targeted Trevor’s digital crisis lines, flooding them so that more LGBTQ young people would kill themselves because they couldn’t reach the help they needed.

This incident paints a striking picture of what LGBTQ young people, a marginalized group that is four times as likely to attempt suicide compared to their peers, have to deal with on a regular basis – simply because they exist.

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