Her talk, entitled “Mental Health Allyship,” focused on explaining how mental healthcare providers work with transgender people to get them access to gender-affirming medical care and how greater access to this care would reduce the suicide rate among transgender people.
On Thursday, University of Connecticut students heard their peers’ stories at the Student Voices Panel as part of Suicide Prevention Week. These students spoke bravely and openly about the traumatic experiences they’ve lived through. The panel was held in the community room of the African American Cultural Center (AACC) on the fourth floor of the Student Union.
Several students in the audience decided to join the conversation and share experiences and anecdotes from their life. One student discussed how suicide affects people that might not even know the victim, while another student spoke about the lead singer of Linkin Park, who committed suicide this past summer.
In honor of Suicide Prevention Week, one student shares her story. "The first step is to realize that you're not alone. That you're not okay. But I say with confidence, that one day I will be," writes Julia Saltsman.