Donald Trump election victory leads to huge spike in LGBT, ethnic minority suicide calls

Record number of calls made to suicide hotlines after Donald Trump wins election

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Suicide hotlines have received more calls than usual since Donald Trump was elected as the next president of America.

Reports claim many callers are people who have suffered sexual assault, the LGBT community and ethnic minorities.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline took 660 calls between 1am and 2am in America, as the election came to an end, according to reports.

This is two-and-a-half times the usual rate for that time. They told the Washington Post that the amount of calls are "unmatched in the hotline's history." 

LGBT hotline Trans Lifeline also reportedly received more than 500 calls following the result, telling Buzzfeed they normally receive 50 a day.

Support network Crisis Text Line also saw the most common words in communications turn to  “election”, "family", “scared”, and “LGBT.”

In October the American Psychological Association said: "52% of American adults report that the 2016 election is a very or somewhat significant source of stress."