A suicide helpline for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people says calls have tripled since Donald Trump won the election on November 8.
“Everyone is more emotional when they call, regardless of age or demographic group,” says a suicide worker who requested anonymity due to the sensitivity of his role.
“People who were very depressed before are more depressed now and people who were thinking about suicide before are now actively suicidal,” he says.
Although Donald Trump recently said he was “fine” with gay marriage, the LGBTQ community has reason to be concerned. Vice President Elect Mike Pence has a long history opposing the “homosexual agenda” including voicing support for conversion therapy.
“Young people are very, very scared because they see this as the world. If someone is 13 or 14 years old, then the next four years is a long time for them,” the suicide worker says.
The transgender community has been hit particularly hard by the election result, with callers reporting growing numbers of suicides in the community in the days after the election. The helpline has also seen an increase in calls from concerned third parties such as friends, relatives, partners and teachers.
“A lot of these people are isolated and feeling threatened. All minorities are being targeted and that registers as a threat to everyone,” he says.
If you or someone you know needs help, please reach out to:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. 1-800-273-8255.
GLBT National Hotline 1-888-843-4564
GBLT National Youth Talkline 1-800-246-7743
The Trevor Project 1-866-488-7386
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