LGBT Suicide Prevention PSA: “Ears Wide Open?”

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Recently I connected with Terrie Johnson, an editor, author, speaker, blogger, mother, grandmother, daughter and much more. Here’s a bit about Terrie’s story. I wanted to share her words because she has a very important message.

From Terrie:

“I was raised in a conservative church in the South, and I had spent a lifetime living in hiding and hating myself because of my sexual orientation. Last year, I was on the verge of committing suicide because I felt as though I could no longer live with the lie. Through a series of events… I eventually came out to a friend and then told my adult children and other family. I’ve lost many friends and a few family members since my admission, all of my speaking engagements in Christian venues booked through 2015 cancelled, and the church where I had been an actively involved member for over 20 years told me I was no longer welcome there. But for the first time in my life, I am being honest with God, with myself and with those who matter most to me.”

Earlier this year, Terrie teamed up with a young award-winning filmmaker to create a short 3-minute video “Ears Wide Open?” as a Public Service Announcement for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The exclusively nonprofit film, produced by Evincery Films, delivers a poignant message of love and acceptance.

I am a huge proponent of suicide prevention, as you know, as well as human rights and self acceptance, so I wanted to share the PSA video with you here. Please share with your friends. Its very important.

If you are currently struggling, please reach out 800-273-TALK (8255).

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About Cristi Comes

Mom. Wife. Writer. Advocate for mental health, suicide prevention, self care, self image and style. Technology and social media lover. Board of Directors, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Washington State Chapter. Warrior Mom Editorial Leadership Team Postpartum Progress.

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