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World Suicide Prevention Day | A message from LGBT HERO's Chief Executive, Ian Howley

On World Suicide Prevention Day we remember those from the LGBTQ+ community we have lost.

As a suicide survivor I know how important days like World Suicide Prevention Day are. I look back and remember what I went through as a teenager battling against my sexuality lucky to be here today.


I was 12 years old when I figured out I was gay and it put me in a spiral. I hated myself, I didn’t want to be gay and what happened next was horrible. I isolated myself from my friends and family. I became depressed, lonely, looking for a way out and over the space of four years I tried to take my life three time. Luckily, I was unsuccessful, and I am thankful I came through it a stronger person.


At my lowest I could never imagine a life where I would be happy to be gay, happy to be me. But here I am, a happy gay man, married to a wonderful man, part of a great community and leading a wonderful organisation fighting to make life better for LGBTQ+ people.

On days like today, it’s important to look back and remember all those we lost. It’s important to remember or friends, family and partners we lost. But let’s come together to stop future unnecessary deaths.

As LGBTQ+ people we are far more likely to experiences suicidal thoughts or even act on them. If you are young, trans or from a minority background the chances of you experiencing these thoughts are higher. This is not acceptable to me and more needs to be done.

All I can do is says, as long as I’m CEO of LGBT HERO, I promise to do all my best to stop members of our community from experiencing thoughts or dying by suicide. As far as I’m concerned, one life gone is one too many.

On #WorldSuicidePreventionDay I’m asking you to talk, listen and support one another. If you need help, please reach out. There is support, there are people who want to listen.

Together we can stop suicide.

Ian.

Support: https://www.outlife.org.uk/find-support

To donate to LGBT HERO visit www.lgbthero.org.uk/donate

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