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Reels: Star Wars & The Finch App (3)

Hi everyone! Please enjoy our Reels from the past couple of weeks from Therell (2) and Quinn (1)!

Quinn – The Finch App

Quinn shares a Reel for a blog post they wrote about the Finch app, which helps encourage you to practice self care. Read their blog post HERE!

Therell – Mental Health Awareness Chat

Both of Therell’s Reels are from a mental health discussion he did with Paige Reynolds and Joshua Perez from Child First Greater Bridgeport. Therell split the discussion into 4 parts. Check out parts 1 and 2 on our YouTube channel; PART ONE | PART TWO.

The first Reel introduces Paige and Josh. In the second Reel, Therell asks Josh about the Star Wars video game(s) Jedi: Fallen Order & Jedi: Survivor.

Thank you for watching! Watch our previous Reels HERE!

Star Wars & Mental Health Awareness! (2)

Check out our latest Reels from the past week! Both are from Therell.

Star Wars Day

In Therell’s first Reel, he celebrates Star Wars Day!

Mental Health Awareness

In Therell’s second Reel, he acknowledges Mental Health Awareness Month and gives some encouragement.

Check out last week’s Reels here!

2018 Awareness Calendar

Hi everybody! To celebrate the new year, Turningpointct.org has made a calendar showcasing mental wellness awareness days to share with you!

Below is the entire calendar

Share with your friends, or enjoy it yourself! Some of the days may be familiar and some may be new!
We hope you all enjoy it!

Happy New Year!

Deported for Not Being Gay Enough

The New Colossus

“Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” Emma Lazarus (November 2, 1883)

Franco is being deported from Sweden. Because he’s “not gay enough.”

He fled Nigeria after being brutally attacked by homophobes inside his own house – his boyfriend was killed in the attack.

Now, the Swedish migration authorities want to send him right back into danger because he couldn’t “prove” that he’s gay.” Published: January 26, 2017, in partnership with the Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer rights.

Not gay enough? What does that mean? Not out and about? Not hanging in enough gay bars? Or is it just another plight against individuals because of their sexuality. Isn’t this awkwardly comparable to saying that someone is not ‘straight enough’, which is inherently prejudice?

Worst, to imagine this a legitimate verdict, under any legal system that vows to criminalize prejudice, is contradicting.

At the same time, drawing from recent memory, I can’t recall anyone telling me, or any other gay person whom I know that they will spare us prejudice because of the level of our ‘gayness’.

From observation, there is no real justice in falsely claiming the inexistence of prejudice. On paper it looks good but in reality it’s prejudice all the same. It’s simply sad and unjustifiable.

I’m not exactly sure that one can be ‘black enough’ or ‘immigrant enough’. If I am wrong and that is true, does that mean that one is entitled to a certain level of kindness, compassion and tolerance because of the depth of their skin color or their immigration status? Sadly, this is happening… it’s sadly true and in this case, it hurts.

Anyone who flees their country due to persecution, will confirm that their former life was utter hell… and so is their fruitless effort to prove that they were something that they are not. For this reason, their greatest wish is not to be judged, in any way or form, on the basis of their sexuality. A life spent constantly fighting the odds, is in itself, a burden to bare. So being expected to acclimatize to ever changing perception of sexuality is unfair.

There has to be some balance in this world for gay people (and other minorities) because no human being should have to ‘ask’ for their basic human rights. That is not the reality or the world we want to live in.

“Let the poor the needy and oppressed of the Earth, and those who want Land, resort to the fertile lands of our western country, the second land of Promise, and there dwell in peace, fulfilling the first and great commandment.” President George Washington.

My name is Sophie… (Mental Health Awareness)

My name is Sophie… Mental Health Awareness – Sophie shares her story in a very inspiring video as she brings awareness to the reality of mental illness.

feeling left out

everyone feels left out… its a common thing to feel. while in college i have a group of about 9 really close friends… the closest 3 got a condo with my boyfriend that i didnt fit into. so now my boyfriend is living off campus with my 3 close friends and one of the parents doesnt want me around because… honestly i dont know why she doesnt want me around its not like a couple isnt living there. she just doesnt like me for some reason. so not only am i left out of housing now this parent doesnt want me around the condo at all. my boyfriend of 4 years is living there and she doesnt want me there. who does she think she is telling my friend that. because this is just ridiculous.
also as i talked about last week i got a hamster (yayyyy) but now the kid whos mother hates me doesnt want it living in their condo… and it isnt allowed in my dorm without a special note and it is super hard to get this note. because last year my housing person told me i got a single because i already had one and my mental illness is not severe enough… i am sorry but who are the housing department to tell me how severe my mental illnesses are. i can not sleep without my house being clean… and if i have to much going on my life just shuts down. i cant leave with other people in my room because i wake up in the most random times having a panic attack. i cant get out of bed in the morning. my depression is eating me alive and the only thing making me better is my hamster but i highly doubt that my school is going to see it that way. they are just going to think i am a normal student trying to get special things by lying. i am not going to say people dont that but that isnt what people do but that is not what i am doing. i just need something to help me get out of bed and this helps but i dont think they will believe me. so theres to hoping i guess…if anyone has advice let me know… thanks for all the support you give me.