The Trevor Project reports that nearly 50% of young transgender people have seriously thought about taking their own lives, and 25% report having made a suicide attempt. The National Discrimination Survey puts this number at 40%.
In the Transgender Discrimination Survey, a staggering 41% of respondents reported attempting suicide compared to 1.6% of the general population, with rates rising for those who lost a job due to bias (55%), were harassed/bullied in school (51%), had a low household income, or were the victim of physical assault (61%) or sexual assault (64%).
When you consider the difficulties transgender youth go through during puberty and early adulthood these statistics, while gut-wrenching, really aren’t surprising. A recent blog post on Transgender Mental Health addressed both of these crucial developmental stages:
What is abundantly clear is that the transgender community continually faces problems that gender-conforming individuals can only imagine. Social ostracism, physical assault, and verbal harassment are just the beginning. Further, the education system is not given the proper tools in order to help these individuals feel safe and secure.
Something clearly must be done... Click HERE to read to full article by author Kerry Martin.
Sip of Hope is the world's first coffee shop where 100% of proceeds support proactive suicide prevention and mental health education.
A collaboration between Hope For The Day and Dark Matter Coffee, Sip of Hope is the world’s first coffee shop where 100% of the proceeds support proactive suicide prevention and mental health education. Sip of Hope is the perfect space for breaking the silence around suicide and raising the visibility of mental health resources in our community.
"We get it! Life is hard and some days we need more than a cup of coffee to get us through the day. We need to remind ourselves, that despite the things we’ve been through, it’s ok to feel pain, it’s ok to talk about it. The biggest obstacle to preventing suicide is silence. We as a community can start the conversation about mental health, we are in this together. Prevention starts with a conversation, and the conversation starts here." -Sip of Hope
"When Jack and I head to Chicago next month, we are definitely stopping in for a sip to support. In love with the concept of a place for having coffee and conversation for the cause. Suicide prevention and mental health education are so very important." -Allie
What is driving the rise in suicides among 10-19-year-olds? Is it social media? Technology? Bullying? Opiate addiction? Do we even have an answer? Regardless of the cause, with the CDC revealing teenage suicides have increased 76 percent in the last decade. Thus, an intervention must come first while we search for the reasons. Click HERE for the full article.
It's so important for all of us to be aware of the help and hope that exists. Even when you feel alone, you aren't. - Jack
If you are considering suicide or if you know someone who is, please click here to view/share the Awareness Suicide Awareness Guide.