Kira Kirk LGBTQIA Mental Health Advocate & Marketing Intern
Meet Kira Kirk
Kira Kirk is a high school senior, currently pursuing a diploma and figuring out future educational goals. They know, however, that they plan to be the first in their family to earn a college degree. Originally born in New Hampshire, they currently reside in the Dallas Forth Worth area of Texas. Their previous volunteer experience includes 3 years serving as an online help-chat provider specializing in assisting youth, LGBTQIA community, and those suffering from mental illness. They have also participated in several years of speech and youth leadership programs, giving talks regarding a topic very close to their heart: bullying, suicide, and the importance of kindness, awareness, and empathy, along with practical preventative measures that anyone can adopt in the fight against bullying. Along with this work, Kira is Autistic and has a passion for spreading awareness of neurodiversity. They also have a diagnosis of long-term depression and suffer from anxiety.
Kira's background has been a difficult one with a lot of trials, however, they are a fighter and dedicated to advocating against the pain of isolation, misunderstanding, and hatred for them self and others. They are heartbroken that such a vast amount of lives are taken each year, especially through suicide of those who are young, and are dedicated to the mission of fighting against the statistics and saving lives. They believe that empathy, knowledge, and a passion for helping others are incredibly important personal qualities, and their goals are to educate, assist, and spread love and human decency in the hopes that lives can be changed, and all struggling will someday thrive.
Kira volunteers because...
I am a person who knows what it's like to feel like life has completely fallen apart, to think that there is no place for you in the world, that you will never belong, that you may never be accepted and loved for your genuine self. I know what it is like to be a teen, a young individual, seriously considering suicide more than once as an acceptable alternative to the suffering of life.
I know what that is like because I have been there. I have walked that road. I have been there, I have felt that pain, and I am far, far, from the only one. I'm still here.
Many of my brothers, my sisters, my family of the human race, are not.
Those suffering from mental illness, youth, and the LGBTQA+ community, especially the transgender community, have extremely staggering and heartbreaking rates of suicide. I volunteer because no one deserves to feel like they are unlovable because of their mental illness, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, racial background, or any other such factor. I volunteer because all people deserve and need a safe, compassionate space where they can go for help, especially those that have been marginalized and discriminated against by society. I volunteer with the hope of contributing to the creation of a better, united world, for the child I was, the person I am now, and for all those that are treated as outcasts.
We all deserve a shelter, a home, a place of healing and comfort, and that's what I hope to provide for all whom I am able to touch through my work as a volunteer. Whether you are suffering because of a mental illness, thinking about suicide or self-harm, or are feeling alone because of your identities, you are not alone. We are here for you, and there are many others out there who want to be there for you and who will accept the real you.
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