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The Basics about Suicide

Suicide is not a solution. Ask for help -- you are worth it!
  • Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.
  • Suicide is a serious problem among the transgender community. Studies generally report a pre-transition suicide attempt rate of 20% or more, with MTFs relatively more likely to attempt suicide than FTMs. Some studies indicate that the rate of attempted suicide for transgender youth is higher than 50%. Even more self harm themselves daily either by cutting or self mutilation.
  • Most people who once thought about killing themselves are now glad to be alive. They say they didn't want to end their lives - they just wanted to stop the pain.
  • Untreated depression is the number one cause for suicide. Depression is an illness, typically caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. Depression is a treatable illness, and the vast majority of people who receive treatment get better.
  • Disability by suicide attempt is a more likely reality than death.

September 10 each year is World Suicide Prevention Day.

The amethyst ribbon used in our "Suicide is not a Solution" logo comes from TransYouth Family Allies's Ian Benson Project Amethyst Ribbon Campaign, which highlights the need for awareness of transgender youth suicide. 

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