Finding your people. Finding your place.

So last week I was trying to juggle things: I was writing up my proposed methods and methodologies, whilst also attending an awesome one and a half day conference, whilst also feeling poorly at the beginning of the week, which meant I did not have enough time for task number and resulted in quite a late night on Friday night, and not the fun kind! I got it finished and sent off on Friday at about 3 minutes to midnight: win!

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Polemic, not academic.

Picture of the book 'Queer youth, suicide, and self-harm' by McDermott and Roen.Sometimes, when I am writing about my topic, I want to be polemic.

 

I spend most of my days reading about LGBT+ youth suicide. Some days it’s about the prevalence of it, some days it about risk and protective factors, some days it’s about the theories that try to explain it. I am really lucky because I love my project and I really believe that it has the potential to contribute new understanding to a topic super close to my own heart, and so I am really, really committed to it. But, sometimes, I just want to write in capital letters across the page:

This research is important because it is not good enough that LGBT+ young people face disproportionately high rates of suicidal thoughts and behaviours when compared to cishet youths – I am concerned, I want this to improve, and you should too!

But I don’t because that would be unprofessional, and as someone told me the other day ‘you always write for your external examiner’, and I don’t think Prof External Examiner would be very impressed. That is why I have this blog! Continue reading