Suicide Hopelessness

With the recent revelations that missing 13 year old Declan Crouch committed suicide. I'm not sure whether this will turn out to be the coroners final determination but it's still a horrible thought. Throughout the roughly two months he was missing the media thought he was just a missing person. But in this latest revelation it really is a strange end. Why someone so young would kill themselves is a difficult thing to come to terms with. 

 

It was strange because yesterday I happen to have peen listening to my random podcasts which are varied and two of them turned out to be about this topic. The day before I was presented with a study on gay & lesbian youth and suicide was a big player in that topic. Then suicide was back in the news with reports that show that Queensland has the highest rate of suicide among males in Australia. 

Suicide is a topic that really concerns me. I work in an area where suicide is a daily reality, and it's never something that is easy to understand. Personally I have an interest in the gay and lesbian area and want to get involved in issues that surround in particular youth. The one thing that I am certain of is that self esteem and a feeling of being alone are two of the primary things that lead to suicide. 

I have spoken to a lot of people about this topic and there is so many who actually want to help but are frustrated when they can't find out how. It seems that in general people want to do something but just can't find ways to do it. There are some organisations out there that do a great job in their area such as Beyond Blue, Open Doors and similar but there seems to not be a lot. I think one of the frustrating parts of this is not the services that are already there but more how to get to those people at risk. I don't have the answers but I do endeavour to work on this. I am talking with organisations at the moment to work out the highest areas of need and what I can do so we will continue on this path. 

It would be great to know what others are doing in this area and what has worked. Again I don't have the answers but am determined to make a difference. Look for the signs in those around you. I am not the expert so check out the web and learn as much as you can. 

Open Doors

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I don’t often talk about individual support services for people who are gay but right now I want to change that. Here in Brisbane there is a support service for young gay and lesbian youth called Open Doors. I would really like to hear from anyone who has been involved with this service. Click HERE to view their site.  

I have heard from people that this is an amazing service and I would highly recommend that if you are young and living in Brisbane that you check it out. Particularly if you are in need of support or are in the coming out process.

Open Doors runs several different groups to meet the needs of a range of young people, including;

  • Reconnect Program for LGBT young people aged 12 to 18 who are homeless or risk of homelessness and their families

  • Drop-In Days for LGBT young people aged 12 to 18

  • Young and Proud for LGBT young people aged 18 to 24

  • Jellybeans for transgender young people aged under 24


What else does Open Doors do?



  • Food

  • Psychologist

  • Internet Access

  • Outreach workers

  • Training and education with service providers


I personally wish that there had been services like this available when I came out. Unfortunately there was not. However spending years working in the Not For Profit sector I have seen first hand the lack of services available to groups in need. I have always spent a lot of my time searching and applying for funding for my own employer and know how difficult it can be. What inspires me in this day and age are the possibilities in Social Enterprise which is finding ways to self fund. However it is still necessary for organisations particularly in the LGBT sector to gain funding from donations and government funding. Corporate funding would be great but social acceptance of LGBT issues is still only for the brave.

I am passionate about the industry and certainly know the struggles but as someone who specialises in the strategic vision I can see the possibilities. The key is support. For Open Doors they are helping develop those that will be responsible for shaping the future. They are shaping those that are the future. Please show your support in some way.