September 5th through 11th, 2010 marks the 36th annual National Suicide Prevention Week.
As part of this important week of raising awareness, The Trevor Project, an LGBTQ youth suicide prevention organization has launched a new tool in suicide prevention called “YCARE.” It is an easy to remember acronym to help young people use some simple steps to help save a life. Y CARE will be featured in The Trevor Project’s materials and trainings.
Often, when faced with someone expressing suicidal feelings, people feel confused, scared and worried that if they say the wrong thing, their friend or loved one could become more suicidal. Y CARE reminds us that the best thing we can do is take someone seriously, listen to them, and help them and help them connect with assistance. People who are suicidal are often feeling hopeless and abandoned, according to Jeffrey Fishberger, M.D., on-call clinician for the Trevor Lifeline. He reminds us that “When ‘You CARE,’ you can reduce some of those feelings of hopelessness and loneliness. The implied question, ‘Y-CARE’ will help people remember that caring is the first step to saving the life of an LGBTQ youth in crisis.” (Quoted from the excellent site GLT News Now)
The Trevor Project offers trainings and information on suicide prevention as well as direct assistance to LGBTQ youth experiencing suicidal thoughts or feelings.