Unprecedented number of LGBT youth crisis calls reported after election

The Wisconsin Gazette

Contacts to The Trevor Project’s crisis services programs — by phone, chat and text — reached unprecedented levels in the days following the election.

At the Trevor Project, the nation’s only accredited suicide prevention program for LGBTQ youth under 25, young people are heard from every day.

But the volume surged 116 percent in the two days after election and the organization heard from person after person about fears and anxieties about the election results, which are sending Donald Trump to the Oval Office and Indiana’s Mike Pence, famous nationally for his anti-gay beliefs and policies, to the vice president’s office.

Among the topics raised by LGBTQ youth are worries that:

• Their rights will be taken away.

• They might be forced into conversion therapy.

• They could lose their health care, and more.

Several youth reported concerns about their safety and new reluctance about coming out.

Anxieties like these have been shown to contribute towards increased thoughts about suicide.

“The Trevor Project was prepared for an increase in crisis contacts following the election, but the amount we received was unprecedented.  The level of anxiety young people are expressing since the election is at an all-time high,” said Abbe Land, executive director and CEO of the organization.  “But knowing that we are here 24/7, to listen to and save the lives of LGBTQ youth, many of whom have no other place to turn, reminds us of the importance and necessity of The Trevor Project.”

Land continued, “The Trevor Project is determined to work diligently to lead the new Administration and Congress towards policies and laws that are supportive of LGBTQ people and their mental health.  We will be at the table with our LGBTQ peer organizations and our partners fighting violence, deportations, police profiling, and other intersecting issues, providing guidance and support to lawmakers and agencies so that the youth of our great nation will be safe and will continue to thrive.

 

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