Today is day three of Suicide Prevention Week, and we are continuing the #NoDejahVu campaign by posting daily with articles and social media posts focused on suicide prevention. We need you to help! (cont) Image description: LGBTQ Youth have much higher rates of sui
Of all the factors related to suicide, no lists suggest that "being loved, embraced, respected, and accepted" contributes. Being dismissive, embarrassed, or judgemental of people's personal truth and way of existing, their very identity, devastates them. (cont)
Lack of acceptance contributes to why so many LGBTQ+ youth consider, attempt to, or do end their own lives. Teachers, parents, friends, classmates, grandparents-- respect & accept those in your life for where and who they are.

And, we need everyone's help! (cont)
NeuroClastic has teamed up with BlackLivesMatter757 (@BLM757) to launch this global initiative in honor of Dejah Jones, who loved everyone and wanted them to know they mattered. She ended her own life after experiencing bullying.

Will you join us? (cont)
Here's how to participate:

1. Take a selfie (or an image of something significant if you prefer not to be in a photo)
2. Post it to social media (any platform) and hashtag it #NoDejahVu and #SelfieForSuicidePrevention (cont)
3. Use that post to talk about personal experiences, reducing stigma, addiction, bullying, discrimination, disability, tolerance, acceptance, or a topic close to your heart related to suicide prevention, or just offer judgement-free support to those who are hurting (cont)
4. Tag a few friends who are kind and wise and might be willing to participate.
5. Copy and paste this thread or the direction so that others know how to participate!

Suicide prevention week is August 6-12. Feel free to do this every day this week. (cont)

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