Suicide Prevention

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    It’s been estimated that Transgender people are twice as likely to think about and attempt suicide than LGB people.  The suicide rates for Transgender people are far, far higher than the national averages in most countries.  It’s difficult to know exactly though, because gender identity is not normally recorded on death certificates.

    However, in the United States, a survey carried out in 2015 by the National Center for Transgender Equality showed that around 40% of adults who took part reported having attempted suicide at some stage in their lifetime.  That’s nearly nine times the normal rate of attempted suicide among the general US population.

    We want all of our members to stay safe and the good news is that there are many good people out there who are able to help those of us who are feeling so depressed that we just want it all to stop.  This is fixable.  We just need to allow others to help.

    Below is a list of mainly support hotlines for several English speaking countries which are generally where our members come from.  Most are able to offer additional support and resources in each of their respective countries.  

    I want you to promise me that if you ever find that you can’t cope, that you will try calling one of these hotlines before you do anything silly. Promise?

    United States

    LGBT National Help Center - calls answered in the US and Canada, chat international

    LGBT National Hotline 888-843-4564

    LGBT National Youth Talkline 800-246-7743

    LGBT National Senior Hotline 888-234-7243

    LGBT Online chat (all ages)


    Blackline - 24 hour hotline support geared towards POC, Native and Muslim LGBTQI community



    Crisis Text Line - Not LGBT specific but trained and supportive.

    Text: 741741


    DeQH Helpline - LGBTQ hotline for South Asian individuals.



    IM Alive - online crisis chat service.  Not LGBT specific but affirming and supportive


    Translate line - Trans specific support hotline

    US: 877-565-8860

    Canada: 877-330-6366


    Trevor Project - LGBTQ suicide prevention hotline for 25 and younger



    US National Orgs

    FORGE - national Trans org forced on anti-violence



    Transgender, Gender-variant, and Intersex Justice Project - legal services and advoacy



    Transgender Law Center - national trans legal support




    The Switchboard - LGBT support hotline- answers calls in England, Scotland and Wales

    020 7837 6768



    LGBT Ireland - LGBT support hotline

    1890 929 539



    LGBT Health and Wellbeing  - LGBT hotline

    0141 271 2330



    LGBT Cymru Helpline - LGBT support hotline

    01792 828057

    or 0800 980 4021


    LGBT Youthline for those 29 and younger


    also provides online chat


    The Canada Suicide Prevention Service

    Available 24/7/365 in both English and French



    South Africa

    Gay and Lesbian Network - LGBT hotline

    033 342 6165



    Q Life

    1800 184 527


    Lifeline - 24 hour suicide prevention hotline - not LGBT specific but affirming

    02 6215 6215 9400


    Northern Ireland

    Lifeline - crisis hotline - not LGBT specific but affirming

    0808 808 8000


    New Zealand

    Outline NZ - LGBT support hotline

    0800 688 5463

  • Cristine Jennifer Shye. BL I never consciously considered suicide, made any deliberate attempts to end my life, BUT from the age of 13 up until I was about 15, took risks, with a what does it matter attitude, crossing roads without looking, swimming further out to sea than I...  more
  • FREDERIC PETIT I am a heterosexual trans male. I live in France, and the problems actually encountered on a daily basis led me to create an association in order to be able to meet other heterosexual transidentitarian men and women to break the isolation that exposes us...  more