The LGBTQ community is at a higher risk for suicide because of the challenges gaining support from peers and from the community, as well as the increased risk for discrimination, mental health issues and substance abuse. Suicide is a leading cause of death for LGBTQ individuals ranging in age from 10–24, with rates of suicidal thoughts and attempts ranging from 35-65% in this age group. Persons with good family support have a much lower likelihood of suicide attempts than those without such support.
There is Hope!
Factors that matter most in helping LGBTQ individuals:
- early intervention,
- comprehensive treatment,
- family support.
- Helping LBT couples via couples counseling
It Gets Better campaign: http://www.itgetsbetter.org/pages/about-it-gets-better-project/
The Trevor Project : national, 24-hr, toll-free confidential suicide hotline for LGBTQ youth at 866-488-7386. The Trevor Project also provides an online chat and confidential text messaging—text “Trevor” to 202-304-1200.
NCW Staff: It is important to seek counseling with clinicians up-to-date on the effects of challenges facing LGBTQ individuals. We have staff that are experiencing in working with these specific issues. At NCW, we provide a safe, unbiased environment for you to work through any challenges that are facing you as an LGBTQ individual.
Our clinicians taking new LGBTQ clients are: