If you recognize some of the warning signs of suicide in someone you know, there are steps you can take to help. When YOU-CARE, you can help save a life. Remember, you are not responsible for anyone who chooses to take their own life.
Lowering the Risk
There are several ways to lower someone’s risk of considering suicide, such as having:
- Easy access to effective, culturally competent care
- Support from medical and mental health care professionals
- Coping, problem solving and conflict resolution skills
- Restricted access to highly lethal means of suicide
- Strong connections to family members
- Family acceptance for their sexual orientation and/or gender identity
- A feeling of safety, support and connectivity at school through peer groups like Gay-Straight Alliances
- Positive connections with friends who share similar interests
- Cultural and religious beliefs that discourage suicide
- Positive role models and self esteem
You have the power to make a difference and prevent future suicide - not only by using YCARE and knowing how to lower someone’s risk, but by joining us at The Trevor Project to ensure we are there for LGBTQ youth every step of the way.
“Lowering the Risk” Sources:
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 2011
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