Need help urgently or feeling suicidal? | LGBT youth north west

There are people out there who will not judge you or argue with you or tell you that you are wrong to feel the way you do. They are there to listen to you and try to help you. Please find one of them.

Feeling suicidal is not a direct result of being Trans. Transphobia and discrimination play a large role in some people feeling inferior and may lead to depression and suicidal thoughts. Most people who are feeling depressed or desperate enough to consider suicide give clues to how they’re feeling. A first step towards help for yourself or for someone you care about is to learn to recognize the clues about risk for suicide:

Warning Signs of Acute Risk:

  • Threatening to hurt or kill yourself/hirself, or talking about wanting to hurt or kill yourself/hirself; and/or,
  • Looking for ways to kill yourself/hirself by seeking access to firearms, available pills, or other means; and/or,
  • Talking or writing about death, dying or suicide, when these actions are out of the ordinary.

Additional Warning Signs:

  • Increased SUBSTANCE (alcohol or drug) use; and/or,
  • Expressing there is no reason for living; no sense of PURPOSE in life; and/or,
  • Increased ANXIETY, agitation, unable to sleep or sleeping all the time; and/or,
  • Feeling TRAPPED – like there’s no way out; and/or,
  • Sense of HOPELESSNESS; and/or,
  • WITHDRAWING from friends, family and social activities; and/or,
  • Rage, uncontrolled ANGER, seeking revenge; and/or,
  • Acting RECKLESS or engaging in risky activities – if a change from regular behaviour; and/or,
  • Dramatic MOOD changes – either mood increase or decrease; and/or,
  • PURGING of any items connected to being Transgender (e.g. cross-sex clothing)

If you observe any of these warning signs in yourself or someone you know, take appropriate action to protect yourself/hirself and/or refer for help as soon as possible by contacting a mental health professional with knowledge of Transgender issues, or contacting one of the organisations listed on this page.

See also Suicide: Read This First.

Some places to find help:

The Samaritans – Confidential support for suicide, suicidal thoughts, feelings of despair or distress. Tel: 08457 90 90 90 – 24 hours

E-mail: jo@samaritans.org

Website: http://samaritans.org/
Mermaids Helpline – Tel: (0208) 1234819 (3pm to 7pm only, UK time)

Website: mermaidsuk.org.uk

LGBT Switchboards London Lesbian & Gay Switchboard: 020 7837 7324 (daily 10am -11pm) covers all of the UK

Website: www.llgs.org.uk

Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre Lesbian & Gay Switchboard: 01253 621 834

Trans Youth North West & LGBT Youth North West do not endorse any third party services or organisations listed above or any third party website to which a link is provided.