Tag Archives: Suicide & Suicide Prevention

Struggling? Need Help? You’re Not Alone – Reach Out!

Posted by MK on Jan 2, 2015 @ 11:27 am
Cartoon images of person with phone headset and word 'Support'

After seeing the widespread news coverage of Leelah Alcorn’s tragic death, I updated this site’s resources page for suicide prevention.

The updated page, available here, has links to resources from the Trevor Project, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, the International Association for Suicide Prevention, and other organizations; it also lists ways to seek support by phone. (La página incluye información en español también.)

For information on Leela Alcorn’s story, check out this post from the Human Rights Campaign, this story from CNN.com, and this blog post on Slate.

Joe Bell, Father of Jadin Bell, Struck & Killed by Truck

Posted by MK on Oct 10, 2013 @ 2:41 pm
Logo for Joe's Walk for Change

Heartbreaking news: Joe Bell, the father of Jadin Bell, was struck and killed by a truck this week while walking in Colorado. Jadin Bell, Joe’s openly gay son, died from suicide earlier this year at the young age of fifteen.

Joe had been walking in Colorado as part his Walk for Change, a journey on foot from Oregon to New York that he undertook to raise awareness about bullying and suicide—and to honor his son’s memory. I published a brief post about Joe’s Walk for Change when he started the trip in April.

Iowa on Chalkboard

A grieving mother in Iowa whose gay son recently died by suicide spoke at length with the Des Moines Register, saying that a culture of bullying at her son’s school likely contributed to the desperation of several teens there who took their own lives. Her son AJ’s suicide is the fifth in five years among students at Southeast Polk High School.

According to the Des Moines Register, AJ’s “mother said she believes bullying and frequent insults, combined with a mental illness, contributed to [AJ’s] decision to kill himself.”

In Crisis? Reach Out for Help!

Posted by MK on Jul 29, 2013 @ 1:30 pm

If you are in crisis or thinking about suicide, don’t hesitate to reach out for help: Call the Trevor Lifeline at the Trevor Project: 1-(866)-488-7386 (U.S. Residents). To learn about other ways to get help, and for information about helping somebody in crisis, visit the Trevor Project’s website.