Today, my guest blogger is author Gilda Evans (http://www.gildaevans.com). Ms. Evans is the author of the upcoming GIRL TALK book series and is also currently working on the first installment of her young adult novel series, THE ALTERNATES. She is also a mentor to Teen Help (http://www.teenhelp.com), an international, non-profit organization that provides an anonymous, free, friendly, and safe environment for anyone seeking support and advice on a variety of topics, as well as other support services.
Guest post: Names Can Hurt… and Worse
Last year, more than one year after teen Phoebe Prince committed suicide because of unbearable harassment at school, the teens who bullied her appeared in court to receive sentencing. Our system is slow to respond to these kinds of situations and, many times, we as parents are also too slow or just in denial for some reason. Statistics state that 1 in 5 teens think about committing suicide as a result of depression and related issues. 1 in 5? Hey, people… do you think we have a problem here? And the sad part is, the vast majority of these teens – mostly girls, by the way – ask for some kind of help before trying to hurt themselves.
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- Please leave a comment here about Gilda Evans’ post, and be sure to stop by her blog http://www.gildaevans.com/blog where I have written a guest post on “What Do You Say When Your Child Comes Out?” for the week of June 4.
- Also see my earlier related post on No Name-Calling Week here: http://straightparentgaykid.blogspot.com/2012/01/no-name-calling-week-at-schools-should.html
When Your Child Is Gay: What You Need To Know
For more detailed advice, see book, co-authored with a mother of a gay son and a psychiatrist, Jonathan L. Tobkes, M.D.