Grammy Award-winning artist Lil Nas X has been honoured with the Suicide Prevention Advocate Of The Year award. Presented by The Trevor Project, the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organisation for LGBTQIA+ people, Lil Nas X was awarded for his ongoing commitment to end suicide among LGBTQIA+ young people.
The Trevor Project cited Lil Nas X’s openness about struggling with his sexual identity, experience with depression and suicidal ideation, continued advocacy around mental health issues and unapologetic queer visibility as the reason for his award.
In accepting the award, Lil Nas X said, “Thank you so much to The Trevor Project for this award and for all they do for the LGBTQ community. Discrimination around sexuality and gender identity is still very real, and our community deserves to feel supported and totally free to be themselves… If using my voice and expressing myself in my music can help even one kid out there who feels alone, then it was all worth it.”
The Trevor Project’s award ceremony marks the start of National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. In The Trevor Project’s National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health 2021, 42 per cent of LGBTQIA+ identifying youth had seriously contemplated suicide in the last year, with this rate significantly higher among transgender and non-binary youth, and young people of colour.
However, in their 2020 survey, over 80 percent of LGBTQIA+ youth said that LGBTQIA+ celebrities and representation in media positively influenced how they felt and affirmed their own identity.
If you or anyone you know is suffering from depression, anxiety or needs mental health assistance, consider contacting:
In the US:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline on 1-800-273-8255
The Canada Suicide Prevention Service on 1-833-456-4566
In the UK
The National Suicide Prevention Helpline UK on 0800 689 5652
Resources for other countries can be found here.