Transgender Suicide Prevention Working Group

The MA Transgender Suicide Prevention Working Group, a collaboration of the DPH, the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition, Fenway Health, Samaritans and the Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention, was formed in the summer of 2008 to work to make communities safer for transgender people. Two groundbreaking brochures have been created - one for providers and one for the community. The community brochure is also available in Spanish and Portuguese. Please contact Alison for more information at Alison.Brill@state.ma.us.

The Working Group created a skill-building video called "Saving Our Lives" that involves scenarios where someone displays warning signs of suicide and shows how their friends react and support them. View the videos at http://www.masstpc.org/?page_id=1621.

To order a DVD, go to www.masstpc.org/issues/suicide-prevention/order-dvd.

Mass. Department of Public Health's Safe Spaces for GLBTQ Youth Program

Safe Spaces fosters collaborations with state and community agencies to maximize resources and help achieve program goals relative to the safety and support of GLBTQ youth throughout Massachusetts. Safe Spaces funds 10 programs known for their community-based focus on specific racial, cultural and class enclaves of the GLBTQ youth community, which include homeless GLBTQ youth and transgender youth programs. For more information, please visit: Safe Spaces for GLBTQ Youth or contact Steve Smyth, Director of the Safe Spaces for GLBT Youth at 617-624-5490 or Steven.Smyth@massmail.state.ma.us

The GLBT Youth Support Project

The GLBT Youth Support Project (A program of Health Imperatives) ensures safe and supportive communities for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning (GLBTQ) youth. They provide training and on-going support for educators and health and human service providers to assist them in implementing welcoming and appropriate programs, policies and services for young people and their families. For more information, please visit: www.healthimperatives.org/glys/home.

Greater Boston PFLAG (Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians and Gays)

PFLAG provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and gender identity, and works to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity. Through support, education, advocacy and their Safe Schools Project, they work to create an environment of understanding so that all people can live with dignity and respect. They work to create a safe environment for LGBT students in our schools and communities. For more information, please visit: http://www.gbpflag.org/

The LGBT Aging Project

The LGBT Aging Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender elders have equal access to the life-prolonging benefits, protections, services and institutions that their heterosexual neighbors take for granted. The Aging Project offers LGBT bereavement support groups, caregiver support groups, a speakers bureau, meal programs, community education seminars and cultural competency trainings. Through education, advocacy and outreach, they help LGBT elders grown older with the dignity and respect they deserve. For more information, please visit: http://www.lgbtagingproject.org/

National Resources

Family Acceptance Project

The Family Acceptance Project™ (FAP) is a community research, intervention, and education initiative, directed by Dr. Caitlin Ryan, that studies the impact of family acceptance and rejection on the health, mental health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth. Results are being used to help strengthen families and to develop training materials and a new family model of wellness and care to help ethnically diverse families support their LGBT children.

FAP's research shows that families, parents, foster parents, caregivers, and guardians can have a very dramatic impact on their LGBT children. It found that family acceptance promotes well-being and helps protect LGBT young people against risk, and that family rejection has a serious impact on a gay or transgender young person's risk for health and mental health problems, such as depression, suicide, substance abuse and HIV. For more information, and to download family education materials, please visit: http://familyproject.sfsu.edu/publications

FAP article in the New York Times: "Family Response Key to Health of Gay Youth:"

FAP article in Spanish: "La incomprensión familiar daña la salud de los hijos homosexuals:"

SPRC White Paper on LGBT Youth Suicide

Suicide Prevention Resource Center White Paper on LGBT Youth Suicide Risk and Prevention

The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. The Trevor Project operates the only accredited, nationwide, around-the-clock crisis and suicide prevention helpline for LGBTQ youth.


This information is provided by the Suicide Prevention Program within the Department of Public Health.