Preventing transgender suicide: An introduction for providers


Type:  Brochure/Booklet
Author:  Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Publisher:  Massachusetts Department of Public Health

The Preventing Transgender Suicide: An Introduction for Providers brochure provides a variety of information relevant to transgender suicide, including:

  • A list of warning signs for suicide
  • A discussion of the frequency of mental health problems in transgender people
  • A list of factors that may protect against suicide
  • A glossary of terms relevant to the transgender population
  • A list of crisis phone lines
  • A list of online resources on transgender issues

This brochure was created by the Transgender Suicide Prevention Working Group, a collaboration of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition, Fenway Health, Samaritans, Inc., and the Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention. The Working Group was formed in the summer of 2008 to address the widespread issue of transgender suicide by working to make communities safer and healthier for transgender people.

Information in the brochure is based on a literature review and feedback from the transgender community and service providers. The brochure was reviewed by the director of the Massachusetts Suicide Prevention Program, the director of the Massachusetts Division of Violence and Injury Prevention and the director of the Bureau of Community Health Access and Promotion at the MA Department of Public Health. The brochure was adapted from a similar brochure produced by Samaritans, Inc.


Those who read the brochure should have:

  1. Increased awareness of transgender suicide as a public health problem.
  2. Increased awareness of mental health issues as they relate to the transgender community.
  3. Greater knowledge of helping resources, including crisis lines.
  4. Greater knowledge of online resources related to transgender issues.

Implementation Essential

Those who distribute the brochure should be aware of local helping resources.

Populations:  Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and/or Transgender People
Settings:  Behavioral Health Care, Outpatient Mental Health