by Jane St Clair
Author of Walk Me to Midnight
The Trevor Project is a non-profit organization that benefits gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered youth. Its mission is to prevent suicide among a group of kids that is too often bullied and ridiculed to the point where they want to end their own lives. This holiday season the Project is offering beautiful tee shirts and posters with the wonderful message, “Accept and Be.” Chicago artist Matthew Lew designed it.
When you are suicidal, the last thing you can do is simply accept and be who you are. You are so filled with self-hate that you want to execute yourself, and you feel that your life is completely unbearable and will never get better.
Princess Diana of Great Britain, Britney Spears, Owen Davis, Drew Barrymore, Sammy Davis Jr., Elton John, Elizabeth Taylor and Halle Berry are just a few of the wonderful people we would have lost if they’d been any good at suicide.
Suicide rates tend to go up during the holidays, when it looks like everyone else is at a holiday party and having a great life but you. This is all Hollywood — there’s not a person on the planet who has not or will not go through a bad time and have their heart broken. Oscar Wilde said that the human heart was meant to be broken. That’s what hearts do, and then hearts recover.
Accept and Be.