They're Killing Themselves And It's Our Fault
In North America 44,193 people kill themselves every year.
13% of Americans take their own lives.That’s 121 suicides per day.
Over the past 15 years (1999 - 2014) the U.S. annual suicide rate has increased 24%.
Hard data doesn’t prove* but does suggest that 1 out of every 12 suicide attempts are “successful”.
You think that’s depressing? Take a look at the suicide rates and attempts for trans people.
42% of Trans women report a suicide attempt at least once in their lifetime.
46% of Trans men will make an attempt within their lifetime.
44% of Female-assigned cross-dressers report attempting suicide.
50+% of Trans Native Americans, Alaskan Natives and mixed-ethnicity/race respondents have tried to kill themselves.
45% of Black Trans people attempt suicide.
44% of Latino/a Trans people tried to take their own life
Asian, Pacific Islander, and white trans people have the lowest suicide attempt rates but they are still falling into deep deadly despair at 9 times higher than the national average.
Every one of these deaths is a tragedy. Each suicide attempt is the result of prejudice, transphobia, ignorance, fear, and inequality.
We need to start talking about why so many people of all ethnicities/genders/classes/religions are feeling so hopeless.
*Many suicide attempts go unreported due to religious and cultural beliefs
Want to learn more?
The Truth About Transgender Suicide
Article by Anna Quick Palmer