Sunday, September 8, 2013

National Suicide Prevention Week ~ September 8-14, 2013

     Welcome back, my friends!!
     This week is no ordinary week here on Tyler's Naughty notions, and to be honest, it's a week I would rather not have need of at all. 
     Unfortunately, there is a need and as a member of society in general, and a fellow humanoid on this planet, it's a week I cannot ignore anymore than I could ignore the reason for it.        
What week is this, you might ask?

"Suicide Prevention Week"

     For me, personally, as an author of gay romance and as a mother of four kids between the ages of 15 and 21, this issue is always in the back of my mind. Perhaps more so when it comes to issues within the younger members of the LGBT community.
     As a mother, I've always had a motto, and have repeated it to my children so many times they've begun to roll their eyes when I say it, not because they don't believe me, but because they already know my unconditional love is real and that I shouldn't have to remind them continuously. 
But I do it anyway. 
     What's my motto?

I would rather have a gay child than a dead one!! 


    
It sounds like a harsh thing to say, but unfortunately too many parents feel just the opposite and that's not only a shame, it's a downright slap in the face to good, loving parents everywhere, and unfair to the kids stuck with intolerant, uneducated, close-minded parents. 
     The world has enough hate in it, and the last place that should be felt or experienced is within a family and their home. 
     
You will have to forgive me if I sound jaded. I try very hard not to, so let me get off of my soapbox and add that there are plenty of young people out there who have accepting parents, family and friends, who DO love unconditionally and ARE understanding, yet the child still struggles with depression. 
       Young people have a lot to deal with already and when confusion or questions about their sexuality gets thrown into the mix, emotions can run high and even be overwhelming at times. 
       I've struggled with questions about sexuality myself as a young woman, and it was tough feeling isolated and wondering if everyone knew how I felt or what thoughts ran through my mind.
     
It's perhaps one reason why I am so open-minded and empathetic the LGBT community and kids dealing with these issues today. 
     I've been there, done that!! 
     A lot of people have felt the same, regardless of the conclusion they finally came to when they finally figured it all out like I did. It takes time, a lot of soul-searching and a willingness to be honest with ourselves, which isn't always easy.
     Some struggles are more difficult and situations vary in degrees, but no matter what, or how hopeless it may feel in THIS moment, it doesn't always have to be this way!!
     There is light to show the way out of the darkness and there is hope for confusion to turn into clarity. And the best part is that nobody has to do it alone.      

     
We're much more fortunate when it comes to finding support and a friendly ear today. All anyone has to do is reach out and allow someone who's been there and understands, to take their hand and guide them through the minefield of questions and uncertainty.

     Just remember: You are worthy of happiness, love and most if all hope! Hugs!!
          
     
     Please follow any or all of the links below and son't stop until you find the right door for you ...  I PROMISE that help is there, you only have to knock!!  

The Trevor Project:

PFLAG: 

Coming Out Support: 

Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network:

Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States:

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for spreading the awareness, Tyler. A great cause.

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