Dear America, It’s Okay To Ask For Help

Many Americans are frustrated with the results of the presidential election- I know I am. For many of us, it feels as though the next 4 years will be a constant fight to preserve our rights.  It’s hard to put a positive spin on the election outcome, and honestly, I’m not going to try to.  It is completely valid and understandable for Americans to have a hard time accepting the results.  Anyone who has been following the news and social media recently would know that half of the country has ridiculed those who are scared.  To these people, this election was nothing more than election- Clinton lost, and we must “get over it and stop being crybabies.”  To many others, however, Donald Trump’s win is a reminder that this country does not accept all of its people.  Americans have been ridiculed for looking for silver linings, protesting, and expressing disappointment and fear.  Despite this, there is no right or wrong way to cope with the results of the election, as long as no one is being physically harmed in the process.

Although some Americans might not understand what we are going through, please remember that you have the right to not only express your emotions towards the outcome, but to talk to someone about those emotions.  If you need to talk to someone who will listen, please make use of the services that are always available for those in need.  There is no shame in asking for help during this time, nor is there shame in seeking help at any other time.

  1. Crisis Text Line:  741-741.
  2. Suicide Prevention Lifeline:  1-800-273-TALK.
  3. The Trevor Lifeline (LGBT community):  1-866-488-7386
  4. Trans Lifeline: 1-877-565-8860
  5. National Runaway Switchboard: 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929)
  6. S.A.F.E Alternatives (self-harm): 1-800-DONTCUT (366-8288)

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