Support, Resources and Suicide Prevention for Gay Teens
The recent suicides of five gay teenagers in the past three weeks has a lot of people talking about acceptance of gay teens, suicide prevention resources and bullying. An onslaught of celebrities, journalists and activists have been speaking out against anti-gay bullying and giving encouragement to other gay teens who may be suffering from depression and suicidal thoughts.
In addition to the suicide prevention resources available to all teens and young people, there is also specialized support for those who identify as lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender or queer.
The Trevor Project is perhaps the most visible of these resources. They offer the only 24-hour suicide prevention hotline specifically aimed at gay, queer and questioning youth. Their website offers lots of resources for LGBTQ students, their friends and families. The site also offers a “Dear Trevor” resource where young people can ask questions about gender identity and sexual orientation.
You can call the Trevor Lifeline anytime at 966 488 7386 (866 4-U-TREVOR) to speak with a professional counselor. You can also participate in a live chat on Fridays from 1:00 PM Pacific to 9:00 PM Pacific.
The Gay and Lesbian National Hotline is open Monday through Friday from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM Eastern time, at 1 888 843 4564.
AmplifyYourVoice.org/youthresource is another good online resource for LGBTQ young people. It can help you connect with like-minded people and local organizations. They also have forums where you can discuss a variety of topics related to sexual orientation and get peer advice.
Do you know of any other good resources for young people who identify as LGBTQ? Please share them below.
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