Embrace Your Identity, Embrace Life

In a world that often struggles to accept diversity, it's not uncommon for individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer/questioning (LGBTQ+) to face unique challenges. These challenges can sometimes lead to feelings of isolation, rejection, or despair. But remember, you are not alone. There are people who care about you, who understand what you're going through, and who are ready to help. We ask you to STAY and reach out for support.


STAY is more than just a campaign. It's a declaration to yourself, to your future, and to the people who care about you. It's about finding a way to persevere through the tough times, to seek help when you need it, and to find strength in your identity.

Understanding the Challenges

LGBTQ+ individuals often face unique struggles. These can include societal prejudice, discrimination, bullying, or rejection by loved ones. These experiences can be incredibly painful and for some people can lead to feelings of hopelessness.

You Are Not Alone

It's important to know that you're not alone. There are many others who have faced similar struggles and have found ways to cope and thrive – but just like them, you might need help to get there. There are also many organizations and resources dedicated to helping LGBTQ+ individuals navigate their unique challenges.

Reach Out for Help

If you're feeling hopeless, reach out for help. Start by calling 1‑800‑256­‑2522. This is the Behavioral Health Crisis Line, and they're available 24/7 to provide support. You can also reach out to a trusted friend, family member, or mentor and be honest about how you are feeling: If you’ve thought about suicide, let them know.

Find Your Community

There are many communities, both online and offline, where you can connect with other LGBTQ+ individuals. These communities can provide a safe space to share your experiences, find support, and make new friends.

Remember: The journey to feeling better begins with deciding to STAY

STAY is a simple, powerful message. It's a request for you to stay with us, to stay in this world, and to stay true to who you are. It's a message of love, acceptance, and hope. If you're struggling, remember to STAY. Reach out for help. And know that there are people who care about you and want you to stay alive.

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Recognizing Warning Signs

If you observe one or more of these warning signs, especially if the behavior is new, has increased, or seems related to a painful event, loss, or change, it's important to step in or speak up:

  • Talking about death or suicide
  • Seeking methods for self-harm, such as searching online or obtaining a weapon
  • Talking about feelings of hopelessness or having no reason to live
  • Reckless behavior
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Increased alcohol or drug use
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Uncontrolled anger
  • Putting affairs in order or giving away possessions
  • Showing sudden mood changes
  • Withdrawing from social activities

Remember, these do not necessarily mean a person is thinking about suicide, but they should not be ignored. If you notice any of these signs, it's important to connect and offer help.

Additional Warning Signs for LGBTQ+

  • Feeling isolated or unsupported by family and friends
  • Being outed unintentionally
  • Experiencing negative reactions or repercussions to coming out
  • Internalized negative beliefs about being LGBTQ+
  • Experiencing bullying or harassment
  • Expressing feelings of hopelessness, especially in terms of being accepted by society
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What to do

If you're thinking about suicide, please stay and reach out for support.

Call now: 1-800-256-2522