Let’s Talk Adoption:
“So what does it feel like to be adopted? A weird amalgamation of rejection and acceptance. Someone’s trash is someone else’s treasure. It’s been difficult for me to accept that my parents actually love me and that they’re not just putting me on a shelf somewhere to gawk at and to call their own. I’m still figuring it out.” – An unnamed adoptee
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“Bullying is defined as the intentional infliction of injury or discomfort on another person through words, physical contact, or in other ways, including the use of the Internet (cyberbullying). Over time and repeated attacks, this leads to depression and anxiety, lowers self-esteem, and produces a mentality of helplessness, which contributes to suicidal thoughts and behavior. At-risk youth who are bullied, especially those who are already depressed, may view suicide as a rational solution to their problems.
The CDC (2014) reports that youth who frequently bully others and youth who report being frequently bullied are at increased risk for suicide-related behavior. Young people who report both bullying others and being bullied have the highest risk for the suicide-related behavior of any groups involved in bullying.
Bullying is not confined to young people. Adult bullying exists as well. Adults mostly use verbal as opposed to physical bullying, and the goal is to gain power over another person and be dominant.”
Adopted people are, in fact, four times more likely to attempt suicide than non-adoptees.
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National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
How to get help: In the US, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
The International Association for Suicide Prevention and Befrienders Worldwide also can provide contact information for crisis centers around the world: https://www.iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres/
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