THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — Social media (primarily FB) trans friends making suicide threats has me highly concerned — there were three such threats on my newsfeed on Thursday alone. Generally I’ll see one or two a week. The approaching holiday season likely explains the uptick. (As most everyone here knows, trans people have a higher suicide rate than the rest of society.)
Generally I respond only to those that I’ve corresponded with in the past. I don’t feel qualified to know the difference between threats and cries for attention and feel at a loss how to help. Little words of encouragement sometimes trigger an outburst and a downward spiral.
I watched someone try to help someone who was suicidal tonight, but the conversation ended with: “I am very ill now, maybe close to death, hope so, I do not feel very goos, very dizyy. and confused . . .”
While it is not possible to save everyone, my question to you is this: How do YOU respond?
For professionals: How should we respond?
Is there a nationwide (or international) trans suicide number or contact that is known to be effective dealing with trans people making suicide threats on social media?
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