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The information that follows are for education purposes only.
The mine field that is being Transgender is the outside sources of hate. These sources can and do come from Family, Friends, Peers, Work place, Online, Social Circles, and even Religious organizations. These pressure at times can become overwhelming leading to thoughts of suicide or even succeeding in it.
The Centre for Suicide Prevention gave some numbers that we should be aware of in a post on their site [Link]. I would encourage you to take the time and read it. But to sum it up a little bit lets look at this simple picture that they created.
What is not talked about in this picture is the positive results of Medical Transition that the rate of 43% drops to 3%. But there are still stress factors that once again increase this risk after Medical Transition. Which remain the same as above. But they do not increase the risk factor to 43%.
Here is some supporting information from all over the world.
Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica
We now need to talk… you are not going to like it.
This subject hits close to home. You see 40% to 50% of the Transgender community have attempted or succeeded. I feel I am more than qualified to talk about this subject. You see I am part of this group. I have since found a stable ground to build good mental health foundation. I even took the time to take suicide prevention course as well as mental health first aid. I take this subject very serious, wishing only to work to save lives of others in my community.
Now in no way do I advocate for every person who is Transgender to seek Medical Transition to solve other problems in life. A successful Transition is more than just one thing. If your mental health is affected by environmental issues those issues will still be there during and after medical transition. Take the time seek professional help where it is needed. Make some hard choices such as do you have a support network. Do you have secure employment that supports your Transition. Do you have a safe place to live? All of these issues are just a tip of the iceberg to creating a successful transition.
So now we need to look at why. I will be writing from a personal point of view to show and talk honestly about this subject. You are not going to like some of what I have to say. Why do I say that 90% of Transgender Suicide is a direct result of the environment that surrounds them. Think for a quick second on the word Environment. This is not about mother nature. But, it is however about Human Nature and whom we surround ourselves with. Remaining in environments that are dangerous and/or unhealthy reflects on our outlook on life as well as our health both physical and mental. We also need to understand that while you might reside in a safe and supported environment at home outside the from door is not always the same. Some of the problem with suicide is that problems are created without solutions that can be found with ease.
When Transgender youth and Transgender Adults are directly affected by marginalization and by those who demonize their existence. Depending upon the age of the Transgender youth it can result in a traumatic situation for them resulting in life long harm. We need to remove the stigma that those who are suicidal are mentally ill. The pressure of not being able to live up to someone else’s expectations can result in a feeling of “I might as well be dead”. Which is a direct result of peer pressure, neglect, abuse, and even physical abuse. When we look at those reasons and the impact of parents, peers, and community who provide the negative influences. With the above pressures an overall loss of hope which leads to feeling of “I might as well be dead”. Now I know this is a simplistic view of Suicide. But in the case of being Transgender and Suicidal for me all the above reasons were present in my life at that time. I even felt guilty when I was not successful (That is a special kind of guilt).