Discrimination in all its forms should never be tolerated. On April 10th when you wear pink, you will be showing your support for diversity and taking a stand against discrimination and gender bullying.
Day of Pink began when two high-school students took a stand against bullies who were picking on a fellow school mate for wearing pink. The next day, the whole school showed their support by wearing pink. This day has become more than just a symbol of a shared belief in celebrating diversity – it’s also a commitment to being open minded, accepting differences and learning to respect each other.
For the victims of discrimination, there are ways to build resilience so you can successfully move through your days undisturbed by these targeted attacks that, thanks to social media and cyberbullying, are becoming more and more common every day.
Resiliency is often described as your ability to bounce back from adversity and in today’s landscape, that’s a welcome attribute. Recognized as one of the most vital coping skills for surviving life’s challenges head-on, the following resilience strategies have proven effective for many of my clients:
Breaking the silence is one of the most valuable methods to increase your resiliency. People who do not speak out are more likely to become depressed or even contemplate suicide. Reaching out to your Employee and Family Assistance Program is an excellent first step in seeking guidance and opening up in a confidential and positive environment. You can also turn to friends and family, someone you can trust, who will support you. The worst thing you can do is suffer in silence.
If you feel all alone and think you are the only LGBTQ person facing discrimination, find support in your community through organizations like The 519. Connect with likeminded individuals who have successfully navigated this tumultuous landscape and now live a healthy lifestyle, who can offer guidance, resources and support when you are facing a difficult situation. Connecting with others who are dealing with the same issue is a powerful tool in building your self-esteem. There is also an added bonus to reaching out – you are not only helping yourself, you are helping others in your community. Help break the cycle of isolation!
Learning about yourself will help to normalize your feelings. The Internet is a wealth of information where you can find countless articles, support forums, and community resources, which will help you build confidence and resiliency. When conducting these searches, focus on positive websites. Reach out to your support network to recommend sites if you are bewildered by the choices.
Counsellors are trained to provide support and help you develop healthy ways to cope and thrive. Victims of discrimination often turn to drugs or alcohol to deal with the consequences of these attacks. A counsellor can help identify how you have been affected and help you repair the emotional scars.
For more information and support, contact your Employee and Family Assistance Program at 1 866 833-7690 or visit workhealthlife.com