Here are some things you can do to help us save the lives of youth and young adults from suicide:
Behaviors that Help
- Talk with and listen respectfully to your child or foster child about her LGBT identity
- Express affection when your child tells you or when you learn that your child is gay or transgender
- Support your child even when you may feel uncomfortable
- Advocate for your child when he is mistreated because of his LGBT identity
- Require that other family members respect your LGBT child
- Tell your child you love her unconditionally
- Welcome your child’s LGBT friends to your home
- Support your child’s gender expression
- Stand up for your child at school to prevent and address bullying & harassment
- Talk with church leaders and members about supporting LGBT people and welcoming them to church services and activities
- Openly discuss your child’s LGBT identity with your child and others
- Believe your LGBT child can have a happy future
- Support life skills training, such as coping with stress, conflict resolution, anger management, and communication
- Get training in suicide prevention
Behaviors to Avoid
- Hitting, slapping or physically hurting your child because of your child’s LGBT identity
- Verbal harassment or name-calling because of your child’s LGBT identity
- Excluding LGBT youth from family and family activities
- Blocking access to LGBT friends, events and resources
- Blaming your child when she is discriminated against or has negative experiences because of her LGBT identity
- Pressuring your child to be more (or less) masculine or feminine
- Telling your child that God will punish him because he is gay or bisexual
- Telling your child that you are ashamed of her or that how she looks or acts will shame the family
- Preventing or not allowing your child to talk about his LGBT identity
Know the Warning Signs of Suicide
IS PATH WARM?
S Substance Abuse
M Mood Changes
Warning Signs of Acute Risk:
Making suicidal statements.
Being preoccupied with death in conversation, writing, or drawing.
Giving away belongings.
Withdrawing from friends and family.
Having aggressive or hostile behavior.
It is extremely important that you take all threats of suicide seriously and seek immediate treatment for your child or teenager. If warning signs are observed, seek help as soon as possible and call your local suicide hotline immediately.
Call 800-SUICIDE (800-784-2433) or 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255) or the deaf hotline at 800-799-4889
As a Mama Dragon, you should have a suicide hotline number in your cell.
The way we communicate about suicide in the media can influence behavior negatively by contributing to contagion, or positively by encouraging help-seeking. Here are some best practices around communicating about suicides:
Don't use Twitter or Facebook to announce news of suicide deaths.
Don't give details of suicide death (for example, details about the means of death) or the ages/ personal details of the victim on Twitter or Facebook.
Don't repost problematic mainstream media headlines (for example, "Student, 15, Commits Suicide Over Bullying) on Facebook or Twitter.
The Family Acceptance Project is a research, intervention, education and policy initiative that works to prevent health and mental health risks for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) children and youth, including suicide, homelessness and HIV – in the context of their families, cultures and faith communities. We use a research-based, culturally grounded approach to help ethnically, socially and religiously diverse families to support their LGBT children. Download the FAP LDS Booklet Here
Finding better ways to prevent suicide. They fund research to improve interventions, train clinicians in suicide prevention, and advocate for policy that will save lives.
Creating a culture that’s smart about mental health. Too many people at risk for suicide do not seek help. We need to find better ways to reach those who suffer, and encourage schools, workplaces, and communities to make mental health a priority.
AAS Mission Statement: To promote the understanding and prevention of suicide and support those who have been affected by it. The membership of AAS includes mental health and public health professionals, researchers, suicide prevention and crisis intervention centers, school districts, crisis center volunteers, survivors of suicide loss, attempt survivors, and a variety of lay persons who have in interest in suicide prevention.
Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.
The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) is the nation’s only federally supported resource center devoted to advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. SPRC is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We're committed to improving crisis services and advancing suicide prevention by empowering individuals, advancing professional best practices, and building awareness.
Media and online coverage of suicide should be informed by using best practices. Some suicide deaths may be newsworthy. However, the way media cover suicide can influence behavior negatively by contributing to contagion, or positively by encouraging help-seeking.