The stress and anxiety of this election has caused many to be in crisis - especially those in the LGBTQ+ community. Suicide hotlines around the US are receiving record numbers of callers who don't know what the future of our nation will hold and how they will be safe in it.
There are many reasons why people are feeling anxious and depressed after this election but, for all of our sakes, I won't go into them here. Instead I will simply say that there is a lot happening right now, a lot of changes being proposed this week, and that it makes sense for people to be left feeling uncertain about what comes next.
And yet, while it is understandable for people to be frightened by the unknown of the future right now, people in crisis have been repeatedly dismissed as "cry babies" who need to just suck it up and get over it. I disagree. However people react to this election is how they react; all reactions are valid. As someone who works on a crisis line, I have talked to many people on both sides of this election, fearing for a Trump or Clinton presidency, and I feel certain that people would have been in crisis either way. To dismiss those feelings because of politics is horrendous; it is to wrap yourself so tightly in ideology that you forget to be human. That's what bothers me most: the way people in crisis have been repeatedly dehumanized and ridiculed.
And that is why I want to say this: if you are in crisis, those feelings are valid and there are people who want to listen and help. There are a number of hotlines and resources you can call (they are listed above and below) or you can even email, tweet, or message me if that would be more comfortable. If you need support, ask for it. It can feel overwhelming with all of the change that's happening right now but there are still a great number of people who care about you and want to make sure you're safe. Reach out.