Because our culture teaches us to be neurotic about gender, we are adding a new section to the blog. The possibility of someone being in between or changing biological genders still lies outside the ‘comfort zone’ of most people. Put simply, they think it’s icky, so they’ll try to find any excuse to suppress those people and pretend they don’t exist. It’s sad, but that’s the way humans are sometimes. Tribalistic, simple-minded, irrational, and superstitious.
That being said, we’re going to start focusing more on LGBTQ questions/answers/lifestyles and so forth. Along with self injury/harm, addictions and eating disorders/image issues.
Because a lot of those problems also usually include some form of depression or thoughts of suicide. Which is what we’re really all about. Combating those feelings and spreading hope & awareness at the same time.
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The hope project
Hopeline (1-800-SUICIDE), along with TWLOHA are in the process of creating IAMAlive which is the first ever virtual suicide prevention crisis center. Their goal is to have every single volunteer be certified in order to help anyone out. Which I happen to think is a brilliant idea! Training of course will only prepare you so far for certain things but I would personally have more faith in someone that had at least some form of training as opposed to just a “regular Joe”.
The training is about 50 hours and is a series of courses that one is required to take in order to become certified. While the cost isn’t exorbitant by any means, it’s not something I can readily afford at the moment! Of course once I get in touch with my publisher and order proper copies of my book that will help offset the cost by a long shot!
Although it would be nice if I got a little help from my friends and readers 🙂
Remember that suicide can affect anyone at anytime. Of course I am doing this for Jason but I’m also doing it for me. It’s something I feel the need to do. If you don’t want to assist in sponsoring me, you can always make a one time donation to the program itself, or become a volunteer as well!
The commitment is minor (4 hours a week/per year or 8 hours a week for 6 months I think) although that minor commitment could mean the difference between life and death for some.
This could be you, your brother, sister, mother, aunt, uncle, friend… The list goes on and on. So if you would like to help me specifically you can do so by going here
Even if you only donate a dollar, it brings me that much closer to obtaining my goal.
New posts below 🙂