Trump's presidency: The thing that saddens me the most
I stayed up until 1:30 a.m., not watching TV, but instead, talking a friend out of suicide. And it wasn't just a figurative, "I'm so upset I want to die." It was a literal, "I don't want to be alive anymore." And this, for me, was even worse than the results of yesterday's election -- to know that someone I love was seriously considering death because of it.
I have met so many families who have lost a loved one to suicide because they were bullied, felt judged and felt like they didn't belong. And, with all the people who have lost hope, who are terrified of the future and who feel even more marginalized than before, for me, I am most scared that this will cause suicide rates to increase within the next four years.
But as President Obama said in a Buzzfeed video on Election Day, "We've been through tough and divisive elections before and we've always come out stronger for it."
For anyone who is depressed because of the results and who may have lost the will to live, here are some things to remember:
1. Despite everything, there is still hope.
You don't know what will happen tomorrow, so don't give up. You don't know what kind of president Trump will be once he takes office or if Trump being president will actually affect our liberties . So don't give up, don't lose faith, when you just don't know what will happen.
2. Now, more than ever, the world needs you.
For me, the results of the election have given me even more of a reason to live, not less of a reason. America needs people who fight for equality. America needs people who fight for the female, LGBT, Hispanic, black, and Muslim communities. If all the people who believe in the rights of these people were to give up, what kind of America would that be? An even worse one than it is today, I can tell you that. So, instead of giving up, use this life you have, the only life you've got, to take action.
3. You are not alone.
Just look at your social media newsfeed, and you'll know that you are not alone. I have seen so many people say they are no longer proud to be an American because of the election results. But seeing how many of my friends are sad, are taking a stand and are sticking up for others, it gives me hope. It makes me still proud to be an American. There are still more than 59 million people who agree with you.
We are strong. We will make it through, no matter what the future brings. We all just need to unite. We need to fight for each other, instead of against.