Zero Suicides campaign: LGBTQ people more likely to consider taking their own life

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According to the Trevor Project, LGBTQ youth seriously contemplate suicide at almost three times the rate of heterosexual youth.

Alex Medina is on the battlefield fighting to save lives. He works as a substance abuse specialist with Kern County.

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Medina's struggle with accepting his sexuality fueled suicidal thoughts.

"I internalized a lot of stuff, and the pain was so great that I tried to do the escape, and to my own addictive behaviors, and it seemed like the only way out," described Medina.

He was able to escape his mental torture through allies who rallied around him.

"It was a team of professionals and really good counselors, and people that were open to hearing what I had going on with me, and that really really helped inspire me to be one of those people," said Medina.

Geronimo Desiderio identifies as LGBT and said many young people in that group struggle with acceptance.

"When we’re talking about suicide, LGBT individuals are significantly more likely to think about and attempt suicide than their heterosexual counterparts. LGBT youth are the most at-risk," said Desiderio.

For more resources, visit the Gay & Lesbian Center of Bakersfield.

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