As a marginalized individual struggling with depression, loneliness and isolation, I urge you to reach out to anyone you know who is struggling with the same issues. My own situation is very dire and unfortunately I am not in a position to reach out to anyone myself.
This is a very difficult time of year for many people and the election result has plunged many into fear and uncertainty. This is particularly true of ethnic minorities, LGBT individuals and the disabled (including the mentally ill). It is important for minority groups to come together and put aside any differences or preferential favoritism, which is rife in the LGBT and transgender communities.
Do not make the assumption those who need help and support will be able to get it. If you know someone who is struggling, spend time with them and listen. Don’t be dismissive or tell tell them to just “go volunteer” or “cal a crisis line” or “I’ll pray for you”. Be the friend that you say you are; put your money where your mouth is. Sometimes all struggling people need is to feel wanted and to know that someone actually does care. Get off the imternet, because sending supportive emails, instant messages or replying to a post on social media does not make you a friend, especially when you live close enough geographically to be an ‘in person’ friend.
There are a lot of very frightened and very lonely marginalized people out there right now. If you know someone struggling with this right now, be a friend – you might just save someone’s life (trust me on that).