Suicide and Suicidal Ideations
Suicide, the threat of suicide and suicidal depression are chronic problems among transgendered folk and other sexual minorities. Suicide is about emotional pain. Emotional pain can be managed and relieved with skilled assistance. Anyone who has persistent or recurrent thoughts of suicide needs to know that their lives are valuable, that there are people who care about them, and that there are people who can help, are trained to give timely assistance, and have resources on call.
If you, or someone you know, is in immediate danger because of thoughts of suicide, please call 911, the US National Emergency Number now. You will be helped, but you have to call.
If you're not in the USA, you can call your local emergency number, or one of the short selection below.
In the USA, There are two national hotlines, plus every state and many communities have local hotlines as well. A call to directory assistance or the local emergency number will put one into contact with effective help very quickly if a number isn't readily available.
The following numbers are available seven days a week and twenty-four hours a day in the USA.
Suicide.org - Suicide Prevention, Awareness, and Support
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Deaf TTY Hotline:
In the UK and the Republic of Ireland
UK: 08457 90 90 90
ROI: 1850 60 90 90
In Australia: http://www.lifeline.org.au/
Telephone: 13 11 14
In New Zealand: http://www.lifeline.org.nz/
Telephone: 0800 111 777 (Christchurch)
Telephone: 0800 543 354 (National)
All Other Countries
Befrienders Worldwide http://www.befrienders.org/
They offer an extensive list of national and local helplines by country.
For everyone, even if you can foresee no possible need for one of these numbers on your own, it might be thoughtful to enter one of the local numbers on your cellphone, or write one down on a scrap of paper in your billfold or wallet. Life is long -- or should be -- and you may stumble upon someone who needs it.