Food For Thought Mr XL Tribe Himself
Good Day, Happy Thursday for those of you who don’t know me I’m Kirklan Mr XL Tribe Himself. Today I wanted to get serious with you about the process it took me to be comfortable with myself and my body. These photos you see above and below are a testament to the trails and tribulations I had to endure get to this freedom. From growing up with homophobic parents, to turning to food because it was all I had and then to top it off trying to end my own life.
I hope this post reaches the people who needs it the most . Yeah you that young boy who’s confused by how he feels because the world is telling him its wrong. I’m here to tell you that it does get easier but theirs just one caveat you have to put in the work to undo all of the wrong that was imposed on you.
May is mental health month. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death amongst youth 12-24 years old. The person you see here today confident enough to take his shirt off in a public place wasn’t always this bold. When I was 16 I considered suicide. At the time I thought if I wasn’t here my mom & dad wouldn’t hate, their only son so much. Now as I sit in my car and think to myself I wish I know of support groups and other outlets to work through those feelings of hopelessness, and angry, and resentment. Hope For The Day achieves proactive suicide prevention through outreach and mental health education.
In The Mean time if your feeling completely over whelmed with life and your feeling yourself about to go over the edge. Here’s some resources below for you to get the help you needed. You can also log on to www.hftd.org for more information:
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
American Psychological Association
Crisis Text Line
Mental Health America
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The Trevor Project LGBT Lifeline
Counseling Services Locator
TEXT “ITSOK” TO 741741 (Available 24/7)
Resources promoting mental health nationwide.
1-800-273-8255(TALK) – Press 1 for Veterans Line
866-4-U-TREVOR (866-488-7386) (Available 24/7)
Peer and family mental health support by phone, weekdays M – F 9 am – 5 pm