The “S” Word: How the Culture of Fear Has Failed Youth in Crises
By Genevieve D
I learned at a young age to correlate my suicidal thoughts and feelings with panic and punishment from adults. To this day, I have a deep distrust in mental health professionals.
I know people are scared. And I know I can’t fully understand because I am not a parent. But I have been the child. And I have had the parents called. And I have seen how much worse that made things. I have been taken to the hospital. I have had police show up at my door.
None of those things ever helped. They only ever made it so much worse.