I’m of two minds about sharing this, but I found it interesting, and maybe you will, too. If you’re familiar with the It Gets Better Project you’ll recognize the meme, but this video has a decidedly different twist.
“In schools with GSAs (Gay Straight Alliances) for at least three years, instances of homophobic discrimination and suicidal thoughts among lesbian, gay and bisexual students were cut by more than half. And heterosexual boys were half as likely to attempt suicide than straight boys in schools without gay-straight alliances” (Canadian source). These clubs may be difficult to implement in some schools due to resistance from the surrounding communities, but it’s useful to know that GSAs can make a positive difference for the students who participate in them.
In my last post, I mentioned a research project out of Oxford that linked chronic health issues with an increased incidence of self-harm. Here, OnMedica discusses the same research and gives a bit more detail.