Not since the passage of HB 2 has the crisis center received so many calls.
[Editor’s note: San Diego Gay and Lesbian News is sensitive to those who are experiencing crisis and the purpose of this story is to bring awareness to the public about mental health, suicide and getting help. If you are in crisis and need assistance, please call National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255]
Several unconfirmed reports are coming in that at least eight trans youth have died by suicide after Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election Tuesday night.
To be clear, there are many reasons why people choose suicide from mental health reasons to drug and alcohol abuse.
The reported deaths come from Trans Lifeline, a call center primarily for trans people experiencing crisis who say they are reaching out to the families for support and condolences.
The site says they are devastated to hear that eight people, “many of whom are teens,” died by suicide on the night of the election.
Trans Lifeline says in a statement on their page they understand what people are going through and, “communities of color, muslims, immigrants, and many other groups are feeling the betrayal, sadness, and fear that comes with living in a country where a majority of people voted for a leader who hates you. It is personal. It is tragic.”
Greta Martela, spokeswoman for Trans Lifeline told azcentral the amount of calls on Tuesday and Wednesday were record-breaking.
"In the last 24 hours we had 428 incoming calls of which we answered 97," she said. "Our previous highest day of incoming calls was 251 when H.B. 2 passed. This is probably the biggest spike we’ve ever seen in calls."
If you or anyone you know is currently going through a crisis here are some resources who can help:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
Crisis Text Line: Text START to 741-741
The Trevor Project (LBGT+): 1-866-488-7386
Trans Lifeline: (877) 565-8860