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Strengthening the Region’s LGBTQ Communities and Their Allies

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Strengthening the Region’s LGBTQ+ and HIV/AIDS-impacted Communities

Creating Safe Spaces for Youth at PERSAD

National Suicide Prevention Week, Sept. 5 - 11, 2016

When suicidal behaviors are detected early, lives can be saved.

That fundamental truth is something everyone should take note of during National Suicide Prevention Week. It’s alarming that suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15-24 year olds and even more alarming that lesbian, gay and bisexual youth are more than twice as likely to have attempted suicide as their heterosexual peers.

At PERSAD Center, our Safe Spaces program provides a welcoming space for young people to connect with life affirming support. “LGBTQ youth and allies come to PERSAD’S Safe Spaces program to collaborate on outreach projects designed to reduce the incidence of suicide and depression among their peers”, says PERSAD’S Youth Services Coordinator Lyndsey Sickler. “We bring kids together in a safe, affirming atmosphere where we can teach leadership and intervention skills that help young people become aware of the signs of suicide and what to do when they see them”, says Sickler.

The Safe Spaces Program is free and open to youth each Tuesday and Thursday from 3:00 – 9:00 p.m. at PERSAD Center. For information contact Lyndsey at