You Are Not Alone - Melissa Ballard - Transgender Universe

September is suicide prevention awareness month. In the LGBT community, suicide attempt rates and deaths are extremely high. The statistics are staggering and dark, especially within the transgender population. Nearly half of young transgender people have thought about suicide and about one quarter report having made a suicide attempt.

“Sadly, I have heard many people say this is because they are choosing to live this “lifestyle” when in actuality most of the problem is facing the hate, bigotry and harassment from other people regarding their identity or orientation.”

Our family has seen this head on, with our trans son. He has attempted suicide several times and in different ways. It is scary and heartbreaking, and I hate that anyone has to deal with the mere thought of losing a child this way. Sadly, I have heard many people say this is because they are choosing to live this “lifestyle” when in actuality most of the problem is facing the hate, bigotry and harassment from other people regarding their identity or orientation.

When youth or adults are accepted and can live their life as the person they feel they are supposed to be, they begin to thrive. All people deserve to live life to the fullest without fear, and anxiety or judgement. If you know of a teen or adult struggling with these thoughts, please help them to know they are not alone. Listen when they need to talk, or give them one of the resources below. These or many other organizations like them are great places to turn for support.

You Are Not Alone - Trevor Project - Transgender Universehttp://www.thetrevorproject.org/pages/get-help-now#trevorChat
Call (866) 488-7386

 

You Are Not Alone - Trans Lifeline - Transgender Universe www.translifeline.org
US: (877) 565-8860

You Are Not Alone - It Gets Better - Transgender Universe www.itgetsbetter.org

 

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Melissa Ballard is a native Texan with a wonderful husband, Ken, transgender teenaged son, Ashur, and a quirky daughter named Kennedy. When not struggling with multiple sclerosis or chasing her husband while cycling for Bike MS, she is advocating for trans kids and their rights. In early 2015 a group was formed as a social connection for local transgender kids and their families and soon after www.dfwtkf.com was born. In just under a year, the social group has grown to more than 100 active members including parents and siblings of trans and gender non-conforming kids. Speaking to others and letting them know they are not alone is one of her greatest goals and will continue to be a focus in the future.