Now that we’ve passed Thanksgiving and counting down to the Festival of Unbridled Capitalistic Consumption on December 25, we definitely need to be on heightened alert for signs of our community members who may be contemplating taking their own lives.
It has been a tough year for transkind, and while we had some wins, we have also had to endure a tsunami of anti trans ignorance coming from fundamentalists, TERF’s and Republicans
While that anti-trans hatred may be ignored at other times of the year, during a period like the holiday season with its happy happy joy joy pictures of smiling families breaking bread with each other and unwrapping gifts may be hurtful to people depressed about not being with their loved ones during the holiday season and can lead them down the path of taking their own life in response.
So during this 2017 holiday season, if you know a member of our trans family who is depressed over not being with their blood family for the holidays or any other reason, reach out to those community members and make sure they are feeling loved, wanted and needed. Included them in your activities and dinner plans if you’re able to do so.
And if you need to talk to someone, several organizations have hotlines or support lines that you can call and talk to someone.
Trans Lifeline is one of those organizations you can call at (877) 565-8860 in the US and in Canada (877) 330- 6366.
The Trevor Project has a 24 hour hotline geared toward helping our youth, and you can call it at 1-866-488-7386
Let’s do our part to make sure we don’t lose any people to suicide this holiday season.