It's no secret that the transgender community is particularly vulnerable when it comes to threats of violence, discrimination and unfortunately, suicide attempts. Reports show suicide attempts among transgender people range from 32% to 50% across the countries– meaning more than a third of all trans individuals make a suicide attempt at some point.
This decision is often caused by gender-based violence, systemized discrimination, bullying, harassment, rejection from family and friends and even ill treatment by law enforcement and the health-care system, making the search for help and support a difficult one.
Aside from violence and discrimination, the transgender community faces extreme cases of homelessness in the United States as well. It's estimated that 1 in 5 trans people struggle with homelessness or unstable housing and are in need of support. Rolling Stone estimates that some 70,000 transgender youth lack secure housing.
Facing these odds within the trans community can seem like a daunting reality, but there is hope and a against the odds. Fortunately, a new nationwide system has been put into place to offer 27/7 support and resources for the transgender community, free of charge.
Trans Lifeline is a non-profit dedicated to the well being of transgender people. Run by transgender people, for transgender people, the hotline is prepared to answer the call of any trans identifying person in need of support.
This hotline is primarily for transgender people experiencing a crisis, including people who may be struggling with their gender identity and are not quite sure yet who they are. However, as the hotline's website assures, "If you are not sure whether you should call or not, then please call us."
If you or anyone you know is a transgender person in need of support, you can access Trans lifeline's life-saving resources by dialing 877-565-8860.