Struggling with your sexuality can be a huge emotional challenge. It’s even more difficult if friends, family members or your community don’t understand or accept you. Chances are that you or someone you know has gone through this difficult process. While sexuality and gender orientation are not in and of themselves risk factors for suicide, it is true that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) individuals sometimes face social factors, like discrimination, that put them at higher risk for emotional distress and thoughts of suicide.
If you or someone you know is struggling with sexual orientation, coming out or just dealing with pressures related to being LGBTQ, there are things you can do to support yourself and your friends.
The Trevor Project offers a 24/7 hotline where you can have a confidential conversation with a trained counselor. You can call 866-488-7386 or check out options for connecting with help via text or chat.
Check out some tips for figuring things out, coming out and helping out by clicking on “Feel Better.”