WHATThis is a series of monthly youth nights for LGBTQ youth and allies that we are hosting at DreamTree Project this school year, September-April. This is a youth-led, adult-supported group for youth ages 12-18 who are motivated to include and uplift local LGBTQ youth. Pizza, soda, and snacks are provided for *free*, as well as youth-designed activities throughout the year.
WHEREDreamTree Project – 128 La Posta Rd, Taos, New Mexico 87571
WHENTomorrow, November 22 at 5 PM – 7 PM
WHOLGBTQ youth and allies
Checkout the Facebook event HERE. Go relax, be yourself and have fun!
I’ve tried to kill myself multiple times and I’m grateful to this day it didn’t work. – HARLOCampaign. Voices. Music. Video. Gallery. #DoSomething | MULTIMEDIA
13 is too young to take your life because you haven’t really lived. You have to push through it and stay positive, it will eventually get better. – LEE ANNE
No matter what somebody out there always loves you. – CONSTANCE
The issue with suicide – they don’t think of the future. When somebody takes their own life at such a young age it hurts the people around them. In the last year I’ve had 5 close friends take their own lives. You can hear what’s going on with them. When somebody comes up to you it’s important to do something about it. If you can see it say it. – DAMIAN
See something. Say something.
Witnessing teens shedding tears and fighting for the lives of other teens? Powerful is an understatement!
We know last night’s election came with a few surprises. And as a Person of Color who questions whether my interests (and safety) will be on the agenda of the new administration, I understand how upsetting today can be.
But here’s the deal. To fight for representation and opportunities, we have to be living first. And that’s what our work here is all about. We have much to look forward to. We’re still here able to fight another day.
As Harlo (a suicide attempt survivor) reminded us yesterday, life really is precious. We must keep pushing forward.
Please checkout the encouragement and coping tips shared by our partners at Crisis Text Line. They are right – you got this America!
And we got you . . .
Layla, Seb, Justis, Aryanna, Sabina and Mattias
I know there are probably multiple reasons why you think that suicide is your only escape from the sadness that makes your life seem empty.
I know that hearing “it gets better” seems like a complete lie, but it isn’t. The worries or issues you have today, will have a solution in the near future. You will find something or someone to shine a beam of light in your life. Everyday you wake up you are giving yourself the chance for things to get better.
A wise teacher once told me that great people must suffer. Perhaps you are suffering today, but that makes you the extraordinary person you are.
As you face the day every morning, don’t focus on the negative. Focus on the things that make you smile and remember I will always be here for you.
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From his journal, a poem by Susan Christensen:
Let me tell you about a game I play
Where I close my eyes and fade away
I float away to a special place
Beyond the stars and moon and space
In this special place you see
There are only two people – just you and me
In this place, all is right
Nothing but love, and we never fight
In this place, there is no sadness
No cells, no courts, none of that madness
No rules to follow, no laws to break
No bars to hold us or separate
No one to tell us we can’t kiss or touch
I don’t just tell you “I love you” – I show you how much
But eventually the game must end
My eyes must open, and reality sets in
But someday soon – I’m not sure when
I will close my eyes and play my game again