As we go into this Christmas week, it’s important to remember that suicide is one of the top ten leading causes of death in the United States according to the CDC, and rates are rising. Among the trans community, suicide is tragically common. Even though there’s doubt about the general claim that suicide rates are higher during the holidays, it’s easy to see how, within the trans community, Christmas could be a time to trigger depression and suicidal thoughts.
If you’re feeling suicidal, or if you find out that a friend, family member, or even an Internet stranger is having suicidal thoughts, please seek help. No time of year is the right time to take your own life.
In North America, the Trevor Project 1-866-488-7386 provides suicide support specifically for the LGBT community. There’s also the National Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-TALK, which opens itself up to anyone who may be feeling suicidal; they also offer some tips for avoiding suicidal thoughts during the holidays. You can also call the Kristen Brooks Hope Center 1-800-442-HOPE.
Outside of North America, there are suicide prevention resources available in many countries. Wikipedia has a list of services in North America, the UK, and Australia, and Suicide.Org has a comprehensive list of hotlines around the world. If you can’t find a line specific to your country, please call the line from another country, perhaps a nearby country with regional language support. They will not reject your call!
Happy holidays. Be safe. Love yourself, and know that no one is ever truly alone. There are people out there who care. Reach out if you need to.