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and Utah

When you are worried but
“not sure” 

• Be aware and watchful for warning signs

• Become...
What do we know?

Utah has the 5th highest rate of youth suicide in
the country, with suicide now the leading ca...
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LGBTQ Youth Suicide Brochure: Utah


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This trifold has facts and info from best practices for suicide prevention, info about the increased risks for LGBTQ youth, and information specific to Utah youth and resources.

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LGBTQ Youth Suicide Brochure: Utah

  1. 1. LGBTQ Youth Suicide 
 and Utah 
 When you are worried but “not sure” • Be aware and watchful for warning signs • Become available, show interest and support • Stay calm • Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 
 1(800) 273-TALK and tell them your concerns. What to say: “I’m here, you’re not alone.”
 “I care about you.”
 “Are you having thoughts of suicide?”
 And then: Listen. What NOT to say: Your life is not that bad.
 Would you really hurt me like that?
 Suicide is selfish, suicide is cowardly.
 You don’t mean that.
 You have so much to live for.
 Things could be worse.
 Other people have worse problems than you, and they don’t want to die.
 Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.
 You will go to hell if you die by suicide. 
 How to get help for someone who is suicidal: • Remove means, such as guns or stockpiled pills • Get help by reaching out to someone you trust (teacher, counselor, family member) • When the person is no longer at immediate risk, help them make an appointment to see a mental health professional as soon as possible • Do not leave the person alone until they have received professional help and the risk of suicide has dissipated • Continue to check in with the person regularly Facts, 
 Risks, Resources Some warning signs These behaviors may indicate a serious, immediate risk, especially if the behavior is new, has increased, and/or seems related to a painful event, loss, or change. • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain • Talking about being a burden to someone(s) • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs • Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly • Sleeping too much or too little • Withdrawing or feeling isolated • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge • Displaying extreme mood swings
 Signs of Suicide CRISIS • Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself • Looking for a way to kill oneself, such as searching online or obtaining a gun • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live. If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts call: Rachel Peterson, MS
 Marian Edmonds-Allen, MDiv
  2. 2. What do we know?
 The FACTS Utah has the 5th highest rate of youth suicide in the country, with suicide now the leading cause of death in the state. • 62% of Utah LGBTQ youth report attempting suicide, almost all more than once, with virtually every child having lost at least one friend to death by suicide. 
 • LGBTQ youth attempt suicide 4 times more often than their straight peers; those children rejected by their parents have an 8 times greater risk of suicide • 86% of LGBTQ students report harassment at school, 28% of LGBT youth stop going to school because of being bullied. Each episode of LGBT victimization, such as physical or verbal harassment or abuse, increases the likelihood of self-harming behavior by 2.5 times • 47.3% of gay or bisexual adolescent boys vs. 34.7% of non-gay or bisexual adolescent boys (lifetime) experience suicidal thoughts; • 72.9% of lesbian or bisexual adolescent girls vs. 53% of non-lesbian or bisexual adolescent girls (lifetime) experience suicidal thoughts. Connect: Help and be helped Crisis Resources – Utah and National Crisis & Referral Call Lines UNI Crisis Line: (801) 587-3000 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-8255
 Trevor Lifeline: 866-488-7386
 Domestic Violence LINKline: (800) 897-5465
 Mental Health Referrals & Suicide Prevention Resources
 Utah Suicide Prevention Coalition
 Comprehensive listing of trainings, supports, local groups, and much more: NAMI Utah: (801) 323-9900 Classes, groups, information and support for people living with mental illness and their families American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) Utah Chapter:
 Local chapter of national organization, provides information and support on suicide prevention and loss Utah LGBTQ & Family Support Resources Affirmation:
 Information, support and educational events for LGBT Mormons and families LDS Family Fellowship: Information and support for LDS families with LGBT family members PFLAG: 
 Local Utah chapters of national organization that provide information, support and for parents, families and friends with LGBT family members Ephraim/Sanpete County: Logan/Cache Valley: LoganCache-Valley/319620208064824 Ogden: Price: Provo/Utah County: Salt Lake City: St. George: Utah LGBTQ Youth Serving Organizations
 LGBTQ Youth Continuum of Care: (801)452-3674 Referrals, trainings and resources for LGBTQ youth, their families, educators, providers, and faith communities OUTreach Resource Centers: (801) 331-5820 2760 Adams Ave, Ogden 
 Drop-in support services for LGBTQ youth in Ogden, Logan, Brigham City, and Clearfield
 Utah Pride Center: (801) 539-8800 255 E 400 S, Ste. 200, Salt Lake City Support groups, programs and referral resources
 Youth Futures Shelter Home: (801) 528-1214 2760 Adams Ave, Ogden Overnight shelter for youth age 12-17