Salt Lake Comic Com Fan Experience was this past weekend. It was super fun and I got lots of great tidbits of trivia from Doctor Who actors, Harry Potter actors, and other smaller panels. I'll save that for next week though. This week I want to talk about something that was brought up in the press conference on Thursday.
One of the leading causes of death in Utah is suicide. Bullying and prejudice are epidemics in Utah and the rest of the country. I was bullied, throughout elementary school and into my early years of high school. My brand of bullying was being excluded and forgotten. Only occasionally was I bullied to my face. I wasn't ever suicidal, but my experience growing up has shaped how I view myself and others.
It's because of this epidemic and because of the experiences of people who had it worse than me, that SafeUT was mentioned at the press conference. It's an app with capabilities to call in a crisis or submit a tip to the authorities of an incident. It's perfect because in a moment of crisis, you can call and talk to a trained social worker or therapist. If you aren't in a situation where that's not plausible, you can also text for help through the app.
So if you live in Utah, please go download the app. It could save your life. It could save someone else's. This is a way to be a real super hero.
Now, this was a bit heavier than my usual posts. Please be safe and share this with someone who needs it. I'll be back next week with somelighter stuff about FanX.
PS: Here’s the link for the app on the iTunes App Store https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/safeut/id1052510262?mt=8
|Light-hearted FanX coverage coming next week|