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Suicide hotlines receive record number of calls after Trump win

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Phones have been ringing off the hook at suicide hotlines since Donald Trump was named president-elect Tuesday.
According to multiple reports, many of those calling or texting into hotlines are members of the LGBTQ community, minorities and victims of sexual assault who are worried about Trump’s victory.
The Suicide Prevention Lifeline told “The Washington Post” it is seeing calls “unmatched in the hotline’s history,” with a response unlike that in 2008 or 2012.
The Trevor Project, a suicide prevention project for LGBTQ youth has also seen a spike in calls, so much so that it took to posting specifically about the election on its website.
“The Trevor Project, like many others, is surprised by the outcome of this year’s election.  We have endured one of the toughest campaigns this country has ever experienced, and we are now facing a new reality,” the post reads. “We are dedicated to protecting LGBTQ and all youth and to proving that every person matters and that the future matters.”
Another LGBTQ hotline, Trans Lifeline, told “BuzzFeed News” and “The Post” it received more than 500 calls following the election. The hotline told BuzzFeed it typically averages 50 calls a day.
Election stress is nothing new. Psychologists have noted upticks in anxiety and stress during and following contentious election cycles. This specific election, many have observed, is no exception and is exceeding average numbers in those seeking mental care and counseling.
An October report from the American Psychological Association said “52 percent of American adults report that the 2016 election is a very or somewhat significant source of stress.”
“Election stress becomes exacerbated by arguments, stories, images and video on social media that can heighten concern and frustration, particularly with thousands of comments that can range from factual to hostile or even inflammatory,” said Lynn Bufka the APA’s associate executive director for practice research and policy in the report.
On the campaign trail, Trump told Fox News that he hoped to put Supreme Court judges on the bench who could “change things” in regards to current rulings on same-sex marriage, adding that he wished the ruling “was done by state.”
Trump’s multiple accusations of sexual assault have also been triggers for women, as well as the lewd 2005 tape recording of Trump in which he makes light of sexual assault saying, “When you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.”
Vice President Mike Pence voted against the 2011 repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, opposed the Federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act and passed a religious freedom law as governor of Indiana allowing businesses to deny services to members of the LGBTQ community citing for religious reasons.

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