Many in the LGBT and ally community are asking what we can do in the wake of multiple tragedies across the country.
What can you do to make a positive difference?
Ask for help:
If you or someone you know is in crisis and has mentioned or is considering suicide take it seriously and get help. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or the Trevor Lifeline at 1-866-488-7386. View the resource list below for how to recognize if someone is in crisis.
Be a visible ally to LGBT youth!
Although there are many factors involved when someone decides to end their own life, many of the recent stories talk about the effects of anti-LGBT bullying and bias.
- Go to your next GSA meeting to help the GSA plan their events for the year. Find tips for starting and running a GSA at www.glsen.org/jumpstart
- Talk about important moments and people in LGBT history - October is GLBT History Month. See videos and download information about these icons each day and find out more ways to talk about GLBT History Month in your school here.
- Safe Space Kit Campaign: Help send a Safe Space Kit to every middle and high school in the country. Go to SafeSpaceKit.com and find out how.
- Support No Name-Calling Week, a national initiative created to end bullying and name-calling in schools.
Even if you are not in school there are still things you can do.
- Thank President Obama for recognizing the challenges that LGBT youth face in his recent video message and encourage him to continue to do as much as he can to help improve the lives of all youth.
- Contact your local school or school district to let them know that you support their work against anti-LGBT bullying. See
Four Steps Schools Can Take to Address Anti-LGBT Bullying and Harassment to find out what specific tips you can offer them.
- Call your senators and representatives about the Safe Schools Improvement Act (SSIA). Click here to learn more about SSIA and how you can support it.
- Educators: Be a visible safe space - Download the Safe Space Kit and print the stickers and posters to display in your classroom.
- Talk about President Obama's video with your students using GLSEN's Discussion Guide for Educators for K-12 classrooms.
If you are a Facebook or Twitter user or a member of the media, please read these media guidelines (PDF) from the Suicide Prevention Resource Center. Research indicates that the way suicide is reported in the media can contribute to additional suicides and suicide attempts.
See also: GLSEN, PFLAG, The Trevor Project Release Statement on Recent Tragedies.
For further resources for Suicide Prevention click here; for anti-LGBT bullying work, please go to www.glsen.org/bullying.