Saturday, October 3, 2009

This makes me so damned sad and mad at the same time

It is Mental Health Week 2009 here in Victoria.
Once upon a time Australia had the shameful honour of leading the world in youth suicide rates.
Then, suddenly the 'official' numbers began to decline.
That will happen when fatalities like "single vehicle accidents" are classed as motor vehicle deaths, not suicide.
Same as the fire-fighter killed while fighting bushfires a few years ago was classified as a 'traffic accident' instead of a fatality from the fires.
 You can fiddle the stats to give you support for whatever you want.
Especially if you shhhhhhhhhhh keep a lid on it and don't talk about youth suicide at all.
Or the reasons.
Because if you don't highlight LGBT youth suicide then you don't have to address the causes, do you?
And you can continue to let organisations legally discriminate against people.
I don't say 'minority' because you wouldn't call a beloved family member or a friend you think of highly a 'minority', would you?
Would you?!
People with red hair aren't called 'a minority'.
People who write with their left hand aren't called 'a minority'.
People with different coloured eyes aren't called 'a minority'.
People with skin other than white aren't called 'a minority'.
And neither are any of the above allowed to be discriminated against.
But LGBT youth are made to feel outside the accepted norm by laws, by religous groups, by anyone who needs to drag their sorry egos out of the gutter and make others feel as miserable as they do.

And, far too often, our beautiful children feel that suicide is the only way to escape.

So talk long and loudly about youth suicide; don't let anyone think it should be treated as a shameful secret nor should those who approve/encourage/enact this discrimination be allowed to shy away from the results of their actions.

3 comments:

Cazzie!!! said...

Yes, the "Old ostritch with it's head in the sand" unfortunately is just one of the many things that are out there refusing to see what IS, refusing to recognise and make a stand to assist those most vulnerable and in need.
Thanks to people like you getting the message out there, spreading the word for the needs for our youth can make a difference. Let's hope we can make a change for someone.
You know, the best place I ever went when I visited a friend in Sydney was to their LGBT Church, the equivalent of Melbourne's MCC. I had never felt more welcome by such a diverse group of people..un-judged and relaxed..that is in a congregational way. If only this type of gathering could reach out and take the attention of the youth affected, they would know they are not alone and can then access help.
Also, having access to support groups is another key ingredient for affected youth/adults/signifigant others. Without support groups of people affected, going through the same thing day in day out, I think more of us would be "up S#it creek, without a puddle. Otherwise You just feel alone. Knowing you are not makes all the difference.
STATS that are brought up in the news often make me cringe, because not everything is taken into account. Not everything that matters..which is the key word. Our youth, and people do matter.
Speaking up, being heard by those we love...yes, I agree that is one vital part to the equation of exposing those ostritches out there.
Thankyou Jayne for speaking out.

Jayne said...

Thanks, Cazzie.

Mistress B said...

and so say all of us!

Well said Jayne

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