First thing: If you’re out there reading this because you are suicidal please understand that there are people in the world who care about you! You might not have met them yet, but they are there waiting for you. Please get help right now.
Second thing: You are not alone. Many of us have felt this way at some point in our life. Most of us have survived and are here for you. All it takes is reaching out your hand. If you are in Houston, call LGBT Switchboard Houston, 713.529.3211. If you’re not in Houston, then call the SPEA National Hot Line, 1.800.273.8255. Someone is at both places, waiting for your call and waiting to listen to what you have to say.
What do we mean when we say someone is suicidal? Well, it can be several things. It can mean anything from you don’t want to wake up tomorrow morning to thinking you’re going to hurt yourself to having a plan to end your own life (please don’t). Your life is worth living, even if you’re not sure of that yet.
VERY IMPORTANT: Feelings change! How are you feeling right now: Unhappy? Unsafe? Alone? Unloved? Frightened? Please know that you can do things, right now, that will help you feel better.
HOLD OUT YOUR HAND: Almost every place in America has someone to listen to you, help you, and help you find people who can give you support over the long haul.
BE GOOD TO YOURSELF: Eat food that is good for you, get enough sleep, get enough exercise, leave the drugs and alcohol alone, do the things you enjoy and don’t forget your sense of humor.
RECOGNIZE YOURSELF FOR HAVING COME THIS FAR: You’ve got some good things going if you’ve made it this far. You can build on these things and get the future life you want!
FIND SOME SUPPORT: good counselors, therapists and support groups can make all the difference. You school’s GSA (gay-straight alliance) or a local LGBTQIA youth group can make all the difference. There are many on-line communities of glbt youth where you can get support from people just like you.
Please remember: You are all the potential in the world in one shining package. We don’t want to lose you. Put out your hand, someone will take it.
If you think a friend is going to kill him or herself, there are some things you can do, and we talk about them below. BUT, one thing you have to accept is that even if you do everything exactly right, you cannot control the actions of another person.
Here are some risk factors for suicide:
Here are some risk factors specific to LGBTQIA youth:
OK, so you've read all this and you want to help. Here are some suggestions:
Here are some myths and facts about suicide:
Myth: People who talk about suicide don't commit suicide.
Myth: Suicide happens without warning.
Myth: The suicidal person wants to die and feels that there is no turning back.
Myth: Once suicidal, always suicidal.
Myth: The tendency toward suicide is inherited and passes from generation to generation.
Myth: Suicidal people are mentally ill.
Myth: There is no correlation between alcoholism and suicide.
Myth: If you ask someone about their suicidal intentions, you will only encourage them to kill themselves.
Myth: Suicide is common among the 'lower' class.
Myth: Suicidal people rarely seek medical attention.
It can be hard to help yourself when you are in so much pain you just want it to stop. We here at HATCH Central urge everyone to fill out this plan now. Commit that you will do every step in the plan before you harm yourself. That way, you can get out of the painful place without ending your life. REMEMBER - although sometimes it doesn't seem like it, SUICIDE IS A PERMANENT SOLUTION TO A TEMPORARY PROBLEM.
Suicide Prevention Plan - Click here to print a plan you can write on.
DESCRIBE POSSIBLE PREVENTION STEPS YOU CAN AGREE TO FOLLOW:
LIST HELPFUL PEOPLE YOU WOULD BE WILLING TO CALL BEFORE YOU HARM YOURSELF:
LIST PLACES YOU WOULD BE WILLING TO GO FOR HELP INSTEAD OF HARMING YOURSELF:
Once you have completed this plan, please fold it up and put it in your wallet.
And remember, you can call the LGBT Switchboard 24/7 for help or just to talk: 713.529.3211