In 2012, the number of suicide deaths for those serving in the active military was higher than the number of combat deaths. LGBTQ young people in the military can be at a higher risk of suicide, especially if they enlisted due to family rejection, homelessness or lack of economic alternatives. To change this trend, crisis intervention and suicide prevention services for our armed services are imperative.
The Trevor Project advocates for regulations and policies that support LGB military members and their families, inclusive suicide prevention programs and supports open military service for transgender individuals. Trevor also supports fully funded, culturally competent Veteran’s Affairs services that emphasize mental health awareness.