Saving our lives: Transgender suicide myths, reality and help

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

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The Saving Our Lives: Transgender Suicide: Myths, Reality and Help brochure provides a variety of information for members of the transgender community, their family, and friends, including:

  • A list of warning signs for suicide.
  • Myths and realities about suicide.
  • How to listen to those who may be at risk for suicide.
  • How to help those at risk for suicide.
  • A list of resources for those at risk for suicide.

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 2008 to address the issue of transgender suicide by working to make communities safer and healthier for transgender people. The brochure is related to the Saving Our Lives Video & Discussion Guide also produced by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health 

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 Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The brochure was adapted from a similar brochure produced by Samaritans, Inc.

Objectives:

Those who read the brochure will have:

  1. Increased knowledge of warning signs for suicide.
  2. Increased knowledge of how to help those at risk for suicide.
  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, Communities
Strategies:  Identify and Assist