As of late, our gay communities have been shocked with suicide cases that involved gay teens and youth. The numbers continue to rise and this is very alarming. Facing the fact that suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among young people ages 10 to 24 and for LGBT youth, the chance is 4x higher than others. Most common contributing factors include social alienation, discrimination, rejection by loved ones, abuse and violence. The problem might be more severe for men who try to hide their sexual orientation and those who lack social support.

Youth who identify themselves as gay have a higher risk of depression and attempted suicide. Left untreated, depression can lead to risky sexual behavior and a downward spiral of emotional, behavioral, health, and even legal and financial problems.

I couldn’t agree more that it is our social obligation to reduce the suicide numbers down to zero. It starts with a simple sentence; “I am Amazing!”. Look from the bright side and continue to be positive. Our minds have been disturbed by negativity leading us to think of how bad the situation is. Instead of looking at the gloomy side, we should shift our minds to look to the brighter side. Seek professional treatment if necessary. However, if reluctant, sharing feelings with a trusted friend might be the first step towards restoring emotional strength.

Focus on things that you love instead of things that you hate. It could be the best time to start thinking about rewarding yourself from time to time. Sometimes a creamy strawberry ice-cream, or even smiling at yourself, can make your day. Remember, even though sometimes we might feel like we are lost, there is always an answer to every equation. All we need to do is to remain calm and Love Life!