Suicide rates increased by 2.5% from 2017 to 2018
TODAY, January 30th, the CDC released new data from its annual mortality and life expectancy report that shows the number of suicide deaths increased by 2.5 percent from 2017 to 2018, emphasizing the need for a comprehensive approach — including additional policies and investment in research and crisis services — to save lives from the preventable crisis of suicide. However, this new data does offer hope that suicide prevention efforts are making a difference: the increase in lives lost to suicide between 2017 and 2018 was half of what the increase was from the prior year.
The Trevor Project actively advocates for new suicide prevention policies from the top down, including working with the FCC to recognize LGBTQ youth as a high-risk population for suicide and on 988, the three-digit number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, and working in several states to pass legislation that mandates local school districts implement suicide prevention policies using best practices from the Model School Policy on Suicide Prevention.
Statement from Amit Paley, CEO & Executive Director of The Trevor Project, the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ young people:
“Suicide is an escalating public health crisis that demands urgent action. The CDC’s latest findings confirm that suicide rates have increased and further underscore the need for comprehensive prevention solutions, including additional specialized services for LGBTQ youth mental health. And while this new report is illuminating, there is still a clear need for improved data collection around LGBTQ individuals to better inform best practices. We also know from the CDC that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth in particular are more than four times more likely to attempt suicide than their peers. Additionally, up to 50 percent of all transgender people have made a suicide attempt.
“The Trevor Project will continue to advocate for LGBTQ-inclusive policies and research to ensure that suicide prevention and crisis intervention programs nationwide are fully equipped to address the needs of high-risk populations. And our crisis services will always be available, 24/7 and for free, to let LGBTQ youth know that they are valued and never alone.”
In June 2019, The Trevor Project released the results of its inaugural National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health. The cross-sectional national survey of LGBTQ youth across the United States found that:
- 39% of LGBTQ youth seriously considered attempting suicide in the past twelve months, with more than half of transgender and non-binary youth having seriously considered.
- 71% of LGBTQ youth reported feeling sad or hopeless for at least two weeks in the past year.
- 87% of LGBTQ youth said it was important to them to reach out to a crisis intervention organization that focuses on LGBTQ youth.
If you or someone you know is feeling hopeless or suicidal, contact The Trevor Project’s TrevorLifeline 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386, via chat at http://www.TheTrevorProject.org/Help, or by texting START to 678-678.
ABOUT THE TREVOR PROJECT
The Trevor Project is the world's largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people. The Trevor Project offers a suite of 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention programs, including TrevorLifeline, TrevorText, and TrevorChat as well as the world’s largest safe space social networking site for LGBTQ youth, TrevorSpace. Trevor also operates an education program with resources for youth-serving adults and organizations, an advocacy department fighting for pro-LGBTQ legislation and against anti-LGBTQ rhetoric/policy positions, and a research team to discover the most effective means to help young LGBTQ people in crisis and end suicide. If you or someone you know is feeling hopeless or suicidal, our trained crisis counselors are available 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386 via chat www.TheTrevorProject.org/Help, or by texting START to 678678.
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