If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, call the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at 988 which is available 24/7.
At Metro United Way, we believe that all people belong and deserve fairness, justice, and inclusivity. Our strength as a community comes from diversity, and we celebrate the visible and invisible qualities that make each person unique, including race, gender, age, sexuality, ability, religion, national origin, gender identity, and all intersectional identities.
We see the pain our children experience when they don’t feel like they belong. Last year, 49% of LGBTQ youth in Kentucky and 45% in Indiana seriously considered suicide, including 59% of transgender and nonbinary youth in Kentucky and 54% in Indiana.
We grieve for the hopes, dreams, and futures silenced by marginalization, isolation, and discrimination.
But we hear the support our kids are calling for now—increased access to mental health services, to trusted adults, to affirming spaces, to physical and psychological safety.
And we stand with them.
Learn more information from our friends at Kentucky Youth Advocates HERE and find more Indiana LGBTQ youth data and supports HERE.