Some advice for an LGBT kid struggling psychologically this summer?
Question by Canto: Some advice for an LGBT kid struggling psychologically this summer?
I’m currently in a master’s degree program and I’ll be completed by the end of the fall semester. I’ve been working with LGBT issues for the past few years and my internship this past year involved trying to promote awareness about LGBT youth suicide within the local government and instituting a resource program in public schools. Unfortunately, my colleagues were largely unreceptive and to complicate matters–I lost a gay friend from college to suicide during the fall semester. Something about this internship pushed me to the brink, but I think other issues (i.e. having lived alone for the past six years, having always been single, not being near my family) make matters worse. I’m finally realizing something is really wrong–I’ve had to call the crisis line several times lately, I’ve come to terms with the fact that I have an eating disorder, and I’ve been struggling with insomnia for an extended period of time. The campus psychologists recommend I take a mental health leave, but not being enrolled in summer school and seeking summer employment, I don’t have the financial security to do so. Does anyone have any advice? My psychological issues paired with worries about summer employment are upping the stress level and I’m concerned that things might lead in a devastating direction if they continue at this pace.
Thanks t.a.t.u. Yes, I’ve heard good things about yoga and meditation. Might need to start–the problem with depression is that it triggers a sort of apathy or anhedonia that makes getting anything done difficult. I do try to be happy–but can’t shake this depressive state. I think suicide in many people’s minds is their way of jumping to the end of a life lived listlessly.
Answer by t.A.T.u.
I suggest meditating and yoga; they both help tremendously.
My opinion on people that commit suicide: they do not deserve to live.
I myself have gone through suicidal thoughts, but living, and being able to enjoy life is so much better; I don’t understand why anyone would take that away from themselves. Yes, I understand they’re depressed, but why keep yourself there? Why don’t they try and want to be happy?
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